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Our sleep schedules aren’t simply personal preferences — they’re innate, biological predispositions that affect our physical and mental health.
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The idea that waking a sleepwalker could give them a heart attack or cause brain damage is a myth. But try not to wake them if you don’t have to.
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Learning new information isn’t quite so easy as popping in headphones and passively listening to taped lectures while you slumber — not yet, anyway.
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Training your non-dominant hand can improve your motor control, but you shouldn't expect an IQ boost.
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Your brain changes as you grow, but what happens after the growth spurt? Neuroscientist Nick Spitzer debunks the myth that your brain is done maturing after the teen years.
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Neuroscientist Nick Spitzer tells you the truth.
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The pitch is appealing: sharpen your mind with a few minutes of brain games each day. Unfortunately, science suggests this promise is probably too good to be true.
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The popular tongue map showing specific areas for each taste is wrong.
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Almost all children reverse letters when they’re first learning to read and write. Children with dyslexia might not outgrow this behavior as quickly as their peers, but reading and writing backwards is not the basis of dyslexia.
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Having a bigger brain does not guarantee more cognitive power.
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Only physical trauma can create a hole in your brain.
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Moderate amounts of alcohol do not kill brain cells.
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