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Science or Pseudo Science? Prevalence of Neuromyths in Education | The Education Elf

Science or Pseudo Science? Prevalence of Neuromyths in Education | The Education Elf | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Sanne Dekker and colleagues' observational study investigating the prevalence of neuromyths in school teachers in the UK and Netherlands.
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How to Use More Than 10 Percent of Your Brain

How to Use More Than 10 Percent of Your Brain | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it

When I saw the trailer for Lucy, a new thriller starring a superhuman Scarlett Johansson, my first thought was: Yes! Hollywood finally cast a black actor as a neuroscientist! And my second thought was bummer, because that neuroscientist, played by Morgan Freeman, immediately discredits himself: “It is estimated most human only use 10 percent of the brain’s capacity,” he says. “Imagine if we could access 100 percent.”

Gerald Carey's insight:

I had a student ask me TODAY about this very movie and this myth!

Facepalm! This has been discredited ages ago but the author does a good job summarising the key reasons why it is almost impossible to use just '10%' of the brain.

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Debunking Myers-Briggs personality test: Can we pigeon­hole people? | SharpBrains

Debunking Myers-Briggs personality test: Can we pigeon­hole people? | SharpBrains | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it

Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless (Vox): "The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is probably the most widely used personality test in the world.

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Debunks the Myers-Briggs test but doesn't do a very good job.

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7 Myths About The Brain You Thought Were True - YouTube

Blow your mind with these brain myths! Check out GE Reports: http://invent.ge/1r0kSnG SUBSCRIBE! It's Free: http://bit.ly/10kWnZ7 ---Links to follow us below...
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AsapScience has a go at debunking brain myths.  The usual get a run but it is done in a creative and interesting way.

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Another Education Neuromyth Debunked - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

Another Education Neuromyth Debunked - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
What does neuroscience have to say about the educational value of lectures? Not much, says pedagogist Ken Masters in a lively article just published in Med
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Lectures aren't great but there not as bad as this scan seems to suggest.  Or is the scan actually relevant?

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Fact or Fiction?: Carrots Improve Your Vision

Fact or Fiction?: Carrots Improve Your Vision | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it

factsCan scarfing carrots really help you see better in the dark?

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Clears up the myths about carrots, Vitamin A and vision.

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Does the moon affect our sleep? Research says no

Does the moon affect our sleep? Research says no | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
No correlation between moon phases and human sleep has been found by researchers studying the topic. For centuries, people have believed that the moon cycle influences human health, behavior and physiology. Folklore mainly links the full moon with sleeplessness. "We could not observe a statistical relevant correlation between human sleep and the lunar phases," remarked researchers after a large study completed.
Gerald Carey's insight:

Yes! Finally, a definitive study dealing with one of the many myths associated with the moon.

Now if we could just do a massive study on the 'link' between the full moon and madness....

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Mirror Neurons Are Essential, but Not in the Way You Think - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

Mirror Neurons Are Essential, but Not in the Way You Think - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it

AgA “brainbow”: neurons labels with fluorescent tags, in this case, from a mouse.Stephen J. Smith via WikipediaIn his 2011…

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A good summary of some of the current research in this area that abounds with myths.

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The Myth of Learning Styles

The Myth of Learning Styles | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
For many years educators were under the false notion that there were learning styles, and recent research from Howard Gardner, John Hattie and Gregory Yates shows there isn't such thing as a learning style.
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Good personal summary of the changes in our understanding about multiple intelligences.

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Frontiers | The mythconception of the mad genius | Psychopathology

The mythconception of the mad genius
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Destroys the link between genius and madness.

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What a crock of....

What a crock of.... | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Remember Lyle Lanley? No? Maybe this will jog your memory: Mr. Lanley's notebook revealed more of his dastardly plans: There are plenty of Lyle Lanleys blighting the education landscape. 21st centu...
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A reasonable summary of some of the key myths to do with the brain and learning.

Probably more useful for the series of links at the end of the article.

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The neuromyths of the classrooms

The neuromyths of the classrooms | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
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Another article that tackles the variety of brain myths associated with eduction.  I must admit that I am not sure which 'side' the author is choosing. Near the end, he 'seem's to be saying that some of these ideas e.g. Multiple Intelligences are simply frameworks for understanding how students learn, not hard rules to be followed strictly.

Then again, I may be mis-reading it.

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What percentage of your brain do you use? - Richard E. Cytowic - YouTube

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-percentage-of-your-brain-do-you-use-richard-e-cytowic Two thirds of the population believes a myth that has been propagated fo...
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For those of you who prefer the visual, here is an explanation for why it is not possible for you to use just 10% of your brain.

The author also has something to say about multi-tasking - another of my favourite brain myths.

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'Quack' child psychology practices identified by study

'Quack' child psychology practices identified by study | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
A recent poll of 139 experts has been conducted to discredit “quack” treatments and assessments for children. The study identifies and rates pseudoscientific and potentially harmful practices. “Building consensus about what does not work for youth is an important counterpart to evidence-based research on what does work,” said the lead researcher and co-author.
Gerald Carey's insight:

I'm not sure how reliable the method was but this study included a Delphi study of a number of psychologists who rated various treatments for their efficacy. Good to see enneagrams rated as pretty useless.

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Study of dynamic facial expressions suggests there are four basic emotions, not six

Study of dynamic facial expressions suggests there are four basic emotions, not six | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it

New research suggests that humans recognise facial emotional expressions in a dynamic way. We search for urgent signals first, before seeking out more nuanced information. The University of Glasgow researchers also argue their data show there are four basic facial expressions of emotion rather than the widely accepted six.

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Besides the scary photo, this article once again questions whether there are a set number of basic emotions.

Will psychology ever find an answer to this question?

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When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home - capradio.org

When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home - capradio.org | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it

Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found. And mothers who worked part time reported better health than moms who didn't work at all.

 
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Surprising findings about work and stress. The possible reasons are well explained.

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The 10,000 Hours Myth: Practice Predicts Only 12% of Performance — PsyBlog

The 10,000 Hours Myth: Practice Predicts Only 12% of Performance — PsyBlog | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it

HorAre the best at sport, school, music, and business ‘born’ or ‘made’?

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Hooray! About time this Gladwell myth was fully tested and taken down.  What was interesting was that practice only accounted for 4% of the difference in achievement in education!

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Educational neuro-nonsense, or: The Return of the Crockus - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

Educational neuro-nonsense, or: The Return of the Crockus - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Vicky Tuck, President of the British Girls' Schools Association, has some odd ideas about the brain.Tuck has appeared on British radio and in print over th
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Older article covering a range of neuro-myths.

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The index card - memory loss

Dr Carol Barnes debunks myths about memory and the ageing brain
Gerald Carey's insight:

It's a simple list of myths about memory loss and ageing that are debunked...on a card.

Not a lot of detail.

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Will the Real Introverts Please Stand Up? | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

Will the Real Introverts Please Stand Up? | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it

Quick Quiz: Which of the following are signs of introversion?

Highly sensitive
Deep Thinker
Reflective
Introspective
Intelligent
Negative emotions
Socially Anxious
Defensive
Vulnerable
Always prefers solitude over social interaction

Answer: Not a single one.


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Not sure I agree with all of the article but it was still worth a read.

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Brain Based Learning | 10 Dangerous Myths Every Educator Should Know About The Brain

Brain Based Learning | 10 Dangerous Myths Every Educator Should Know About The Brain | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
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A more up to date list of myths associated with learning and the brain.

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Kidding ourselves on educational interventions?

Kidding ourselves on educational interventions? | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it

Journals, especially high-impact journals, are notorious for not being interested in publishing replication studies, especially those that fail to obtain an interesting result. A recent paper by Lorna Halliday emphasises just how important replications are, especially when they involve interventions that promise to help children's development.

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Really good article summarising how to avoid going over-the-top with conclusions about educational research.

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The Best Resources On The Dangers Of Multitasking | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Resources On The Dangers Of Multitasking | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
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Larry is a highly respected blogger on schooling and education. Here he gives a list of resources questioning the efficacy of multi-tasking.  Some of his sources are a bit dubious but it is still a worthwhile list.

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Myths and Facts About Sleep

Myths and Facts About Sleep | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
This month, take a look at common Myths and Facts about Sleep and complete your very own Sleep Diary.
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Nice set of sleeping myths - some very important. For example, they include myths associated with keeping away whilst driving.

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22. 5 Myths About Introverts and Extraverts at Work

22. 5 Myths About Introverts and Extraverts at Work | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Despite growing acceptance, introverts are still wildly misunderstood.
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As an introvert, I am always interested in this area of research. As is usually the case, the answers in psychology are never as simple as initial research suggests. For example, the book about introverts called 'Quiet' is debunked on several points.

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The Mozart effect, and four other learning myths - Education - The Listener

The Mozart effect, and four other learning myths - Education - The Listener | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Some ideas about learning gain widespread acceptance despite evidence to the contrary., Education
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Yes, finally someone craps on the 'digital natives' theory. I have always 'felt' that this was wrong but had nothing other than anecdotal evidence to back it up.

Oh, and this article debunks some other learning myths as well...

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