In my research, I try to understand why people believe in misconceptions. Below I offer a list of common misconceptions and where they come from. Because not all misconceptions have been scientifically investigated, I provide both scientific and non-scientific sources.

People use only 10% of their brains

The misconception that people only use 10% of their brains is one of the the most scientifically investigated misconceptions out there.

Higbee & Clay (1998)

Herculano-Houzel (2002)

Dekker, Lee, Howard-Jones, & Jolles (2012)


Media sources that refer to the misconception:

Books: - Scott Witt (1983) How to Be Twice as Smart

TV: - Heroes

Movies: - Lucy - Limitless - Wedding Crashers - Defending Your Life - Flight of the Navigator