Myth #1 – your cannot be smarter.
Wrong. New studies have discovered that our brain is highly plastic. It can constantly remound itself to adapt to current situation and demand. It do it through a process known as synaptic prunning where new neuro connections can be formed and strengthen through deliberate practice. New and stronger circuit would meant your brain will become much faster, absorb and store information fast and securely, much more creative and many more. But there’s a catch, you have to put in the hardwork to practice deliberately and be constantly making improvement to enjoy the boost in brain power. In fact, neuroscientist have observed geniuses and calculated that the price of a talent is 10,000 hours od deliberate practice. And 10,000 hours deliberate is something anyone can give irregardless of the genes or race.
Myth #2 – Smart people have bigger brain.
Wrong. Smart people do not have bigger brain. If bigger brain meant intelligent, why aren’t our whales geniuses? Since the weight of their brain is easily heavier than the weight of 5 human body. When Albert Einstein died in 1955, a pathologist named Dr. Harvey extracted his brain, photographed it and sliced it into 240 pieces. And in recent times, 14 never before seen photos was discovered and this helped neuroscientist to analyse Albert Einstein brain in greater detail. They discovered that Albert Einstein brain was in fact 9% small than average but part of his brain that are responsbile for mathematics and visual spatia were wired differently. And it appears that the neuro wiring inside your brain matter more than size when it comes to intelligent.
Myth #3 – Sugar is not good for your brain.
Wrong. In fact sugar is your brain primary fuel source. It’s quite simple, if you want your car to move, you have to add in petrol. Same thing for your brain and if you want your brain to kick into high gear, eat some sugar but not too much. Just a few gulp of soda drinks will do fine. The reasons why sugar is good for your brain is because sugar can dissolve in water and very quickly move through cell membrane and into your blood stream which then carries the sugar to your brain.
Compared to other molecules like fats and protein, sugar is easily broken down into ATP(adenosine triphosphate) which acts as a main energy currency for your brain cell to function. For example, if sugar is a battery then ATP is the electricity. ATP is the raw for of energy currency in your brain cell, it’s the exact molecules that causes your brain to function, sugar itself is just a carrier. And if you want your brain to function well, take in more sugar because these sugar are converted to ATP which then help your brain to function.
Myth #4 – Creativity is oh-so-fun and colourful. Hint: It’s actually linked to severe depression.
Wrong. Creativity have its dark side too and many creative people have paid a price of it uses. New studies have linked creativity to madness and depression. In fact the exact mechanism that you brain relies on to churn our new ideas is also the same mechanism that is causing depression and madness.
First creativity individual are highly sensitive people, they take in and store information at a far greater rate than anyone else. It’s crucial because these stored information act as a raw material from which creative individual manufactures ideas from. And secondly, creative individual have to be intelligent, and falling it would meant depression and madness. It’s because the amount of information that a creative individual is taking is very huge and they requires their intelligent to properly process these information. Without it, these huge amount of information can overload and overwhelm an individual, causing them to be depresses and insane.
Myth #5 – Thoughts are spiritual.
Wrong. Thoughts are definitely not spiritual and neither do our visualization and imagination. Yes we can’t touch or sense someone else thoughts or imagination but that does not meant that our thoughs is not physical. In fact, every thoughts that you have right not, your opinions or view about somethine and when your day dreams, those thoughts are actually the result of physical neuro connection being created and new circuits inside your brain being formed.
The process of thinking is very complicated and neuroscientist have yet to discover the exact mechanism behind our thoughts but one thing for sure, thoughts are the result of physical neuro connections and electrical impulses flowing through a different pattern of circuits inside your head. Absolutely nothing to do with spirits but cold hard and measurable neuro connections.
Myth #6 – Positive thinking is useless
Wrong. In recent studies on placebo effect, neuroscientist have discovered that simply thinkig by itself can cause changes to your brain and body. Neuroscientist speculate that through thinking, your brain start to secrete hormones and these hormones travel to various part of your body through your blood vessel and causes changes. And if thinking alone can change our body and brain, how about positive thinking?
In fact positive thinking is very crucial to person success. Because positive thinking relaxes your brain and convince your brain that you are not in danger. It’s important because whenyour brain perceived that you are in danger, your brain would start to censor out information from your surrounding and you start to become more naive and make bad decision, it’s particularly more worse when you don’t even have the neccessary information to help you make informed decision. Furthermore, the lack positivie thinking let negative thinking to take over, and negative thinking really limites your ability to be aware of your surround and you end up becoming less creative. Also, you would be less likely to take in feedback and miss your chance to improve on your craft. Now if you still thinking that positive thinking is still a myth. Well, good luck to you.
Myth #7 – 8 hours of sleep is good enough.
Wrong. Many people have look at napping as a form of laziness but a new study from neuroscientist might very well give your boss another reason for you to sleep at work. Neuroscientist have found that napping is critical to help you maintain the level of your brain cognitive abilities. In fact the reason why you sleep is because your brain piles up mountains of trash and toxic when put to high level of work. And when you nap, neuroscientist have discovered that the vessesl inside your brain that is responsible for clearling our cellular waste actually widen and become more active, indicating napping is simply about shutting down your brain for a moment while your brain do some housekeeping and ready it for more work.
Next, do no sleep 8 hours. It’s either you sleep 9 hours or you sleep 7.5 hours. Why? Neuroscientist have discovered that our brain have sleep cycles that last only about 90 minutes. And every cycle, your brain alternate between deep and light sleep. If you were to wake up in the middle of a cycle which is while your brain is in a really deep sleep, you may end up waking feeling grogy because it’s disruptive or you may even find hard to wake up at all. Always aim to wake up at the end of each cycle and sleeping for exactly 8 hours aren’t necessarily good for you because you will be waking up in the middle of a cycle, causing you to wake up feeling grogy.
Myth #8 – Multi Tasking is productive.
Wrong, Multi tasking have been scientifically proven to make you inefficient and unproductive. Studies have shown that multi tasking will cause your brain to split into half, with each half focusing on one task. This prevent your brain from working together which is not very ideal since the part of your brain that is being split into half controls our motivational level and help us stay focused on a single objective. Furthermore, neuroscientist have suggested that your brain works like a car. And just like a car, it shift from a lower gear to a higher gear gradually. Multi tasking is very much like stopping at 12 traffic lights and that doesn’t give your brain much time it needed to get into higher gear. As a result? You will produce low quality work. Lastly, multi tasking confuses your brain, your brain would end up activated more parts of your brain than needed. And now, all the different part would start sending in irrelevant information and clogging up your work with irrelevant details as well.