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Do We Really Use Only 10% Of Our Brain?

It’s one of the more popular myths out there: We only use 10% of our brain’s power. Watch as Anthony finally puts this myth to rest.

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“We’ve often been told that we only use about 10 percent of our brains. Famous people such as Albert Einstein and Margaret Mead have been quoted as stating a variation of it.”

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“Chances are high that you have heard someone make a similar comment at some time or another. The popularly and widely spread belief that we only use or have access to 10 percent of our brain’s power is often used to speculate about the extent of human abilities if only we could utilize our brain’s full capacity.”

Do we really use only 10 percent of our brains?



“Whenever I venture out of the Ivory Tower to deliver public lectures about the brain, by far the most likely question I can expect as the talk winds up is, “Do we really only use 10 percent of our brains?” The look of disappointment that usually follows when I say it isn’t so strongly suggests that the 10-percent myth is one of those hopeful shibboleths that refuses to die simply because it would be so darn nice if it were true.”

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