Some time ago I had done a lot of research on a topic, but one important point out of that research was slipped off of my mind. And now even though I try a lot to remember that point, I am not able to succeed in doing so. But maybe if I have the ability to use my whole brain, means 100 percent brain, I could easily remember that point. But is it possible to do so? Because many people believe that we can only use 10 percent of our brain, and according to them, if we use our 100 percent of the brain, then we can do such things, which is probably impossible.
According to a survey held in 2013 by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, 65 percent of Americans believes that average humans can only able to use 10 percent of their brain. During another research, when students were asked what percentage of the brain is used, about one-third of the psychology majors answered 10 percent.
So, is this answer correct, do we actually use only 10 percent of our brain? Do we not have such a capability that we could use 100 percent of our brain?
10 Percent Brain Use Truth Or Myth
The brain is the most important part and as well as the most complex organ of our body, an average human brain has about 100 billion cells and 86 billion neurons and so much more, that’s why still, brain is a mystery to scientist, but thanks to brain imaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography, which helps to understand brain activity such as how our brain works. Through these techniques, over the last few years, scientists and doctors have solved the mysteries of the brain somewhat. It has been found that different parts of our brain are made to perform different functions, some parts control our emotions, then some parts of our brain control our body’s activities. And to do this, we use our whole brain.
Scientist debunked the myth of 10 percent brain use and proved that every person uses their whole brain, even while doing their daily work. It is true that our brain does not function 100 percent at all time, but most of its part always remains active and functions. “Even in sleep, areas such as the frontal cortex, which controls things like higher level thinking and self-awareness, or the somatosensory areas, which help people sense their surroundings, remains active” according to John Henley, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
As I mentioned above, different parts of the human brain have been made to carry out different tasks, and this same point has been proved in many research that different parts of a person’s brain work together at the same time, Like when you read a book or watch a movie while eating food, in this situation, a part of the brain helps you to understand the emotions, one part controls the movements of your body and another one part helps you to understand the taste.
We all have read this in schools that, the weight of our brain is only 2 percent of our body’s total weight, but it uses 20 percent of the entire body’s oxygen and calories and that is because, our almost entire brain always remains active and functioning, and that is why our brain requires so much energy. Most of the energy consumed by the brain fires rapidly of millions of neurons communicating with each other. According to most of the scientist, it is such a neuronal firing and connecting that gives rise to all the higher brain functions and the rest of its energy is used to control other activities.
Can all people use their whole brain?
Anyone who has a fit brain, without any damage and without any brain disease can use his 100 percent of the brain. However, it is not that a person who has any brain injury or has a mental illness since birth can not use much of his brain, Such people can also use their maximum brain, but excluding that part which is damaged. Although many times the damaged part is so important, it also interferes with the functions of other parts of the brain. Otherwise, it would not be wrong to say that a completely healthy person is able to use his 100 percent brain.
Where From The 10 Percent Brain Use Myth Came?
Despite being proved by scientists and doctors, many people still believe that a human can only use 10 percent of his brain, but if this is not true, then how did this myth spread to the people’s mind? Where from this myth came?
This illusion spread not only through one but by many different ways, although there is no evidence of where it originated. The biggest contribution to spreading myths was done by books(Novels). Novels, in which many reputable authors gave their beliefs through the stories and theories, that an ordinary person can only use 10 percent of his brain, and if a person is able to use his full 100 percent of the brain than that person can easily do impossible things such as mind readings, disappearances.
Lowell Thomas’s preface to A book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, says that the average person “develops only 10 percent of his latent mental ability.”
Another way from where this myth spread in today’s generation was a movie named “Lucy,” this movie was released in 2014 and directed by Luc Besson is a French film director. In this movie, it is showed that a normal human can only use 10 percent of his brain. The main character of this movie, which is a woman develops her brain with drugs and make it able to 100 percent usable, after which she starts doing incredible things.
There were many other sources that have led to this myth, but thanks to our scientists, because of them now many people have become aware that every person can use 100 percent of his brain.
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So hopefully, now you may have understood that how much percent a human can use his brain, and you may have also become aware that a human can use only his 10 percent of the brain is not a right statement, it is only a myth. Still, if you have any question about how we can use 100 percent of the brain so you can ask us in the comments section.