You've heard it, right?
We only use 10% of our brain capacity.
It's been used many times as a plot device, not to mention in money-making schemes and advertising campaigns.
Oh, and the actual brain studies. At this point, with all the technology we have (and all the cool acronyms: EEG, PET, MRI, fMRI), scientists have been able to determine the functions of most of the brain's structures. All parts of the brain work pretty hard. No slacking allowed.
So, unfortunately, as much as it would be cool to locate and activate some unused part of our brain, it appears all that real estate is already sold. Still, enough people believe this that if you want to use it in your psychic plotline, you probably won't be called on it.
Now tell me: if the 10% myth were true, what would you want to use that other 90% for?
I'll go first: I'd want to be able to remember people's names after hearing them only once, have an in-depth understanding of the differences between fuzzy and Bayesian logic, play the piano, and comprehend the popularity of shows like the Bachelor. Oh, and probably be a better writer.
How about you?
Oh, and be sure to check out Lydia's Medical Monday post and Laura's Mental Health Monday post!