Lost in translation – shattering neuromyths

‘Imagine having a brain that is only 10 per cent active, that shrinks when you drink less than six to eight glasses of water a day and that increases its inter-hemispheric connectivity when you rub two invisible buttons on your chest. For neuroscientists, such a brain is difficult – if not impossible – to contemplate, but such notions are commonly held by teachers across the world’ (Howard-Jones, 2014). Neuromyths – the misconceptions that arise from misunderstandings or misinterpretations of scientific brain research – have the potential to affect the learning outcomes of students. Research by Professor Paul Howard-Jones has sought to shatter common misunderstandings about the brain that are held in classrooms throughout the world. Results from a survey conducted with more than 900 teachers from the United Kingdom, the…

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