Is it really true that humans only use about 10% of their total cerebral capacity? Or is this just a myth/folklore?
There's no part of the brain that is quietly waiting input. All areas of the brain are active all the time. The brain has organized itself so that it keeps the global attractor that drives the alpha-theta rhythms intrahemispherically in a state whereby the large variance of individual neurons are kept just barely subthreshold. Typically, it's just a few neurons here and there that are pushed over the edge. Most of the time, this does nothing, but cross a certain threshold, and the entire cortex converges into a burst state.Signals must follow a processing flow which means that parts of the brain will be quietly waiting input
The brain is not anything like an integrated circuit, Pythagorean, you should know this. In the cortex, everything is active all at once, this is what creates the basal chaotic states that allow sensory input to drive the cortex into learned attractor states.A brain is a lot like an integrated circuit.
It's just myth/folklore. The entirety of your brain is active all the time. If it weren't your neurons would die. If you're talking psychologically about how much of one's brain power they utilize, etc., that a different story. But the brain uses just as much energy to make you a dumb ass as it does to make you a genius. And it does it 24/7.Is it really true that humans only use about 10% of their total cerebral capacity? Or is this just a myth/folklore?
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006349590825911One circuit consisted of cocultured L10 and left upper quadrant (LUQ) neurons that formed reciprocal, inhibitory connections. In one stable state L10 was active and the LUQ was quiescent, whereas in the other stable state L10 was quiescent and the LUQ was active.
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00198776In the presence of noise and external excitation, a few local neurons switch “on” and generate streams of impulses while other neurons remain quiescent.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0014488665900774This transition function could be performed either by inhibiting the already active neuron population or by facilitating the firing of the reciprocal quiescent neuron population.