# Humans use only 10% or less of their brain: Even though many mysteries of brain function persist, every part of the brain has a known function. * This misconception most likely arose from a misunderstanding (or misrepresentation in an advertisement) of neurological research in the late 1800s or early 1900s when researchers either discovered that only about 10% of the neurons in the brain are firing at any given time or announced that they had only mapped the functions of 10% of the brain up to that time (accounts differ on this point). * Another possible origin of the misconception is that only 10% of the cells in the brain are neurons; the rest are glial cells that, despite being involved in learning, do not function in the same way that neurons do. * Einstein is reported as quipping that people typically only use 10% of their brains. The popular press took this as fact, although the comment was meant only facetiously. * Lower level of brain activation does not mean a lower performance of cognitive functions; this variable has confounded scientists, because some 'gifted' individuals showed less activity than the average person. Haier proposed that indeed more gifted individuals might possess more efficient brain circuits. * Some New Age proponents propagate this belief by asserting that the "unused" ninety percent of the human brain is capable of exhibiting psychic powers and can be trained to perform psychokinesis and extra-sensory perception.
Dear Everyone,The next person who asserts that we only use a fraction of our brains will be promptly punched by me through the internet. This idea is patently false - there is not one iota of truth contained therein. There are countless fMRI images that show brain activity through every party of your brain. We can trace nerve endings through tracts in your brain, showing how some data is processed. We can find specific Broca's areas and relate them to function. This has been debunked. End of story. There is no "hidden" area of your brain you're not accessing. Unless you're still choosing to believe this bullshit - in that case there's an awful large area of your cortex you're not using at all.