BNA CHRISTMAS SYMPOSIUM 2018: NEUROMYTHS, AND THE SCIENCE BEHIND THEM
December 17th, 2018
Neuroscience / Cognitive Science,
Mind And Evolution
About the Event
This topic will give us the opportunity to discuss common misconceptions about brain mechanisms, (e.g. that we only use 10% of the brain); the science of why and how neuromyths arise (e.g. cognitive biases) and ways the neuroscience community can help address or prevent mis-understandings in neuroscience.
Neuromyths emerge in many forms, and research suggests that people are often seduced by neuroscientific explanations, even if these are not accurate or even relevant.
Scientists and neuroscientists are by no means immune to neuromyths either; studies have shown that trained neuroscientists as well as the general public still find them hard to dismiss.
Such myths can be a drain on time and money, and it is important to explore and expose them, determine their impact, and to consider how we can address them.
Confirmed speakers include David Nutt (Imperial College London) discussing antidepressants, Chris McManus (UCL) on left-brain/right-brain and brain lateralisation, Emma Yhnell (Cardiff) on Brain Training and Helene Joffe (UCL) discussing neuroscientists' role in dispelling neuromyths and preventing them arising to start with. Check back for further updates in coming weeks.