The left brain is rational, and other lies you’ve been told about neuroscience

Here now, for distributing far and wide, is a list of common misconceptions surrounding “Folk Neuroscience” — a term clinical and neuropsychologist Vaughan Bell uses to describe the imprecise, “sometimes wildly inaccurate,” concepts that are commonly used to explain the brain. They’re borrowed from the end of a fantastic feature, published in last Sunday’s Observer, wherein Bell explores how inaccurate depictions of neuroscience have grown in tandem with a burgeoning public interest in the mind and its mechanisms.


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