Do humans use 100% of their brain?greenspun.com : LUSENET : History & Theory of Psychology : One Thread
Is William James the only one to state that humans only use 10% of the brain?
-- Laura J. Martinez (email@example.com), September 04, 2001
Where did William James states this? I believe the myth about humans using only 10% of their brain came from a misinterpretation of the results a neurological study done in the 1940s(?). I think it is described in Carlson's famous text on physiological psychology. It is, of course, completely false. [Addendum, 24 May 2004: There is a "box" describing the origin of this myth in James W. Kalat (1995) Biological Psychology (5th ed.), p. 53, "Digression 2.2."]
-- Christopher Green (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 04, 2001.
see the Skeptical Inquirer article about this at: http://www.csicop.org/si/9903/ten-percent-myth.html
-- Christopher Green (email@example.com), September 05, 2001.
I am not so sure as to what percent of the brain we use, but the theory involving humans only using a small percent of their brains, is resonable.Perhaps we only use 10% of our brains, which means that it we use 100% of our brains, we would have unimaginable potential.
-- Lillian Rosebeck (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 20, 2002.
See Barry Beyerstein's chapter, "Whence cometh the myth that we use only 10% of our brains?" in Della Salla (Ed.)(1999). _Mind Myths:exploring popular assumptions about the mind and brain_. Part of the chapter explains the falsity of the 10% belief.
-- Christopehr Green (email@example.com), April 21, 2002.
i think that we do use 100% of our brain and we are at our full capacity.
-- bob (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 26, 2004.
I don't think that we use 100% of our brains but i don't think we use only 10%. There are billions of humans in the world and we may all use a different amount or we may just use the same amount in a different way. I think that it is a scientific mystery....never to be uncovered
-- melissa joyce culling (email@example.com), May 09, 2004.
It is surprising that this continues to be a question. The idea that we "use" anything substantially less that 100% of our brains (and the concommitant notion that if we, somehow, were able to "use" all of it we would be smarter) is a (very confused) myth, based on a popular misinterpretation of the state of our knowledge about the brain as it stood in the 1930s. Please read the Beyerstein chapter I cited above, or take a look at "Digression 2.2" on p. 53 in the 5th ed. of J.W. Kalat's _Biological Psychology_.
-- Christopher Green (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 09, 2004.