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Medical 10% Myth

  1. Jul 29, 2005 #1
    My friend was saying that

    *it is only physically possiable for the average human to use 10% of their brain at once. (She wasn't saying we always use the same 10% of our brain though)

    Is that true?
     
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  3. Jul 29, 2005 #2

    Pengwuino

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    heh, did you ask why that is? :)
     
  4. Jul 29, 2005 #3

    selfAdjoint

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    This is a little different from the usual 10% myth. I don't know of any research that says what percentage of the brain is in use at any moment; it would vary of course depending on what you were doing. And what counts as "brain"? Do we count all the glial cells (support tissue, non active) in the denominator? Ask her for a reference. If she says "It's generally known" be sure she's just retailing a myth.
     
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  7. Sep 13, 2005 #6

    somasimple

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    Hi,

    This knowledge is unfortunately out to date. :smile:
     
  8. Sep 13, 2005 #7
    What are brains? I am sorry, my kidney isnt that smart.

    -- AI
     
  9. Sep 13, 2005 #8

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    somasimple, thanks for keeping us on our toes, but it would be nice if you could go into more details when discussing factual matters like this one. Even just posting a link to a reputable source on the matter should be sufficient.

    According to the Wikipedia entry on glial cells:

     
  10. Sep 13, 2005 #9

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    According to this article, "The origins of the myth are not at all clear." Here's an article that goes a little deeper into the origins of the 10% myth (you may have to scroll down a bit to get to the article):

    Exploding the 10 percent myth
     
  11. Sep 13, 2005 #10

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