Debunking Brain Myths
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Debunking Brain Myths
Trying to sort the cranial chaff from the neural wheat
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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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Mythical Retention Data & The Corrupted Cone

Mythical Retention Data & The Corrupted Cone | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
The Danger Have you ever seen the following “research” presented to demonstrate some truth about human learning? Unfortunately, all of the above diagrams are evangelizing misleading information. Worse, these fabrications have been rampant over the last two or thre
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A very thorough debunking of the misuse of Dale's Cone of Experience. In fact, most diagrams showing this are wrong and have been based on other diagrams that were made up and not based on any research.
 
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The Learning Scientists Blog

The Learning Scientists Blog | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
You certainly have encountered many notions of the learning styles concept.
We have covered this topic before. It is the idea that people have a
specific learning preference and that instruction should be tailored
according to that preference in order to enhance learning outcomes.
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A good review of the evidence against learning styles, concrete versus abstract learning and impulsive versus reflective learning styles. As usual, it's more complicated than we think.
 
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Are people who think they can multitask deluding themselves?

Are people who think they can multitask deluding themselves? | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
We’ve all tried to juggle several things at once. So does it work, or is it better to concentrate on just one task at a time?
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Another nail in the myth of multitasking. Students are really fooling themselves about this.
 
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IQ Is A Myth: Intelligence Has At Least Three Components - PsyBlog

IQ Is A Myth: Intelligence Has At Least Three Components - PsyBlog | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
One number does not accurately describe a person's thinking skills, a study concludes.
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This post debunks the simplistic view that intelligence can be measured by performance in an IQ test. It did however (in true PsyBlog style) provide some generalisations: some things are bad for short term memory (smoking) and some things are good (playing computer games). Oh well, take it with a pinch of salt.
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Five common myths about the ageing brain and body

Five common myths about the ageing brain and body | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
There are a number of myths associated with what happens to our brain and bodies as we age.
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An article that is close to my heart and age. Myths referred to include ones about dementia and cognitive decline. The author is a senior lecturer in psychology so she should probably know what she is talking about.
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False memories: from the lab to the courtroom - Science Weekly podcast

False memories: from the lab to the courtroom - Science Weekly podcast | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
How much of our memory is fictitious? And how is this psychological research now being applied to the world of eyewitness testimony and victim statements?
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Podcast on the whole area of false memories. It really undermines the whole "eyewitness" accounts in criminal trials and even our own recall of past events.
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Why urban myths about education are so persistent – and how to tackle them

Why urban myths about education are so persistent – and how to tackle them | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
A body of evidence has debunked the concept of 'learning styles', but some teachers still cling to it.
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Another article putting the nail in the 'learning styles' coffin. This one examines why the myth persists - mainly because teachers sincerely believe it!
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Brain training: exposing the myth behind cognitive-enhancement games

Brain training: exposing the myth behind cognitive-enhancement games | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
A new study indicates that any benefits gained from brain games may be down to the placebo effect.
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Couldn't find much about the author but it reads coherently and consistently. No references but the author does speak to a lot of scientists working in the area.  His conclusion is that a lot of so-called 'brain games' work because of the placebo effect.
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Debunking the Myths of OCD 012116 - BrainFacts.org

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a serious psychiatric condition that is frequently misunderstood by society and mental health professionals alike.
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What is the difference between being very organised and being OCD?  This TedEd video explores this idea and debunks a few myths on the way.
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The harsh truth about speed-reading

The harsh truth about speed-reading | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
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A big take-down of this very persistent. speed-reading myth. In particular it focuses on the impossibility of the reading speed of "World Champions".  It also mentions the importance of sub vocalisation - important in comprehending words yet an anathema for speed-readers.  The author does not present any formal scientific credentials but is the author of a blog on neuroscience called, "Neurobonkers". a blog worth following.
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Stop Calling It False Memory "Syndrome"

Stop Calling It False Memory "Syndrome" | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
The '90s called: they want their jargon back
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False memories are just that. No need for any extra names.
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What causes autism? What we know, don’t know and suspect

What causes autism? What we know, don’t know and suspect | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
One of the great and enduring mysteries of autism is what causes the brain to develop so differently.
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This is a long and interesting article which I have included as a scoop because of it's willingness to say 'we don't really know what causes autism' (- yet) and to say what does not cause it e.g. cold mothers (uggh!) and vaccines.  It says that it is mostly genetic but way too complex a problem to be caused by one thing.

 

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autism parenting's curator insight, March 4, 2016 4:49 AM

This is a long and interesting article which I have included as a scoop because of it's willingness to say 'we don't really know what causes autism' (- yet) and to say what does not cause it e.g. cold mothers (uggh!) and vaccines.  It says that it is mostly genetic but way too complex a problem to be caused by one thing.

 

Maria George's curator insight, March 21, 2016 8:12 AM

This is a long and interesting article which I have included as a scoop because of it's willingness to say 'we don't really know what causes autism' (- yet) and to say what does not cause it e.g. cold mothers (uggh!) and vaccines.  It says that it is mostly genetic but way too complex a problem to be caused by one thing.

 

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The Five Biggest Myths of Consumer Psychology – Psychology of Stuff – Medium

The Five Biggest Myths of Consumer Psychology – Psychology of Stuff – Medium | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
This was said by a senior marketer at a very large consumer brand, reacting to an idea from its’ advertising agency. This marketer assumed, as most do, that for an ad to work, it must pull people…
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A series of myths about marketing. I know very little about this area. However, it makes an interesting read because it gives some insights into how people in marketing think. Although it does reference some studies in this area, I am a little wary of it being mainly an opinion piece. I also doubt that these are the 'five biggest myths of consumer psychology'!
 
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Can You Beat The Average Person At Spotting Brain Myths?

Can You Beat The Average Person At Spotting Brain Myths? | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
A new study shows that everyone – even people with training in neuroscience – is susceptible to some brain myths. So how do you compare?
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This post actually has a quiz to determine if you can spot myths about the brain.
 
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Music teachers and students fall for music-related neuromyths – German study

Music teachers and students fall for music-related neuromyths – German study | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Myths that contained neuroscientific jargon were more likely to be believed. By Christian Jarrett
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Another article about the stuff my profession believes in without much evidence. Depressing, really.
 
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Three myths about the brain (that deserve to die)

Three myths about the brain (that deserve to die) | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Three brain myths are repeated on an almost daily basis in news stories around the world. Let's consider them one by one in the hopes that we can finally squash them.
Gerald Carey's insight:
A very good article about some myths that even I thought were true. They include that cortisol causes stress; that the amygdala is the site of fear and that brain suddenly gets active when you experience an event. Well worth a read.
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Myths and Facts About Traumatic Brain Injury - Articles and News

Myths and Facts About Traumatic Brain Injury - Articles and News | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
Traumatic brain injury can be the most devastating consequence of a motor vehicle crash, a sports injury, an assault or a fall. Brain injury survivors face years of intensive and costly rehabilitation. Many will require therapy and support for the rest of their lives. The toll on families is enormous. Amazingly, insurance adjusters, judges and …
Gerald Carey's insight:
I'm a little averse about recommending this site because it is legal, not medical or academic site. However, I have never seen these myths before and the coverage reads well. It includes information about sources of brain injury, whiplash and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
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NeuroMyths - BrainFacts.org

NeuroMyths - BrainFacts.org | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
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Links to ten different articles on myths about the brain. It includes the usual ones but also that drugs makes holes in your brain; that vaccines cause autism; and that playing 'brain games' keeps your brain young.
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The Weird (and False) Belief About Amnesia That Won’t Go Away

The Weird (and False) Belief About Amnesia That Won’t  Go Away | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
It’s called the “double conk” theory.
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A short article explaining the origins of the 'double-conk' theory on reversing amnesia.
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10 of The Most Widely Believed Myths in Psychology

10 of The Most Widely Believed Myths in Psychology | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
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A good list of some less well-known myths about the brain. It includes the debunked ideas that 'crowds turn you stupid' and the Neuro-Linguistic Programming is scientific. The reference to vision is more of a misconception held by young children than a myth.
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Are the benefits of brain training no more than a placebo effect?

Are the benefits of brain training no more than a placebo effect? | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
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Oh dear. This might not go down well in the Brain Training industry.  This is a summary of a study that suggests that simply thinking that you are doing 'brain training' may result in a 'cognitive boost' rather that the actual training itself.
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Multitasking Is a Myth, and to Attempt It Comes at a Neurobiological Cost

Multitasking is a myth, says McGill University Psychology Professor Daniel Levitin. Switching focus across tasks comes at a neurological cost, depletin
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Daniel Levitin takes you through the reasons why true multi-tasking is impossible.
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Good Thinking! — Sending "Learning Styles" Out of Style

Sending "Learning Styles" Out of Style — explains how education research debunks the myth that teaching students in their preferred styles (e.g. “visua
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Oh Smithsonian! What have you done? 
Very cheesy video on the myths associated with learning styles. References in the comments section.
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Oh Smithsonian! What have you done? 
Very cheesy video on the myths associated with learning styles. References in the comments section.
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What does a scientist think of "right brain/left brain" tests? - BBC News

What does a scientist think of "right brain/left brain" tests? - BBC News | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
How solid is the science behind those quizzes which can supposedly tell you if your brain is more emotional or logical?
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Just a short blog post reinforcing the idea that although there may be some functions that occur on either side of the brain. the concept that logic and emotion are expressed or controlled by different sides of the brain is nonsense.

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Mildred Starks's curator insight, March 4, 2016 9:15 PM

Just a short blog post reinforcing the idea that although there may be some functions that occur on either side of the brain. the concept that logic and emotion are expressed or controlled by different sides of the brain is nonsense.

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Victoria University promotes Learning Styles theories

Victoria University promotes Learning Styles theories | Debunking Brain Myths | Scoop.it
There's a well defined cycle to internet discussions of learning styles. Someone like me will mention them in passing. I'll say something like, "We all know learning styles theories are false but..." while making some different kind of point. Others will pick up on this, claiming that they are unaware of anyone who suggests that learning…
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I don't agree with everything the blogs about issues in education but this post is a very good summary of the issues and evidence against learning styles.  It has a range of links and critique a big Australian Universities use of the term in it's teacher training courses.

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