Biology

Right Brain vs. Left Brain: Dispelling a Popular Brain Myth

Roger Sperry, together with his student Michael Gazzaniga, participated in pioneering experiments, which won Sperry the Nobel Prize in 1981, and helped make Michael Gazzaniga the father of cognitive neuroscience. But their experiments also seeded one of the biggest brain myths out there: That “left-brained people are logical and “right-brained” people are creative. […]

Biology

Right Brain vs. Left Brain: Language, Dominance, and Their Shared Roles

When it comes to the “right brain vs. left brain” discussion, research has shown us just how communicative the hemispheres of our brain actually are. Unless the connection between them is physically severed, information zips across the hemispheres during the vast majority of tasks that our brains accomplish every second. […]

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Biology

Are Women More Emotional Than Men?

Are Women More Emotional Than Men? This idea that men and women think, talk, and understand things differently has existed for decades—inspiring books, college courses, research studies, and countless sitcoms. The truth is much more complicated and nuanced. […]

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The Real Dangers of Multitasking

The popular misconception is that when we’re texting and driving or multitasking in some other way, we’re actually doubling up on our efficiency. The truth is that we’re not. We’re switching our attention between tasks—and every time we make a switch, we pay a price. […]

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Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons From Neuroscience

With its 86 billion neurons and hundreds of trillions of intricate connections, the human brain is mystifyingly complex. Which explains why, despite lightning-fast advancements in neuroscience, there’s still a lot that we don’t understand. […]