30 December 2011

"50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology" by Scott O. Lilienfeld, et al

This book is a collection of myth busting study summaries (with a bit of common sense thrown in for good measure) in which they authors seem to disabuse the minds of the general public of the sometimes rampant misconceptions people have about the way their minds work. For example, we do not know how smart the human brain can be, thus the assertion that we only use 10% of it cannot be true. Further, using brain scans we have found, at one time or another, every area of the brain in use.

Interesting tidbit: blind people usually only dream with imagery if they had sight before the age of 7.

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