What is it about?

Many things people believe about how the brain works are not true. We asked two groups of adults how strongly they believed popular brain misconceptions, and where they remembered learning them. For college students, if they trusted the source they learned a misconception from, they were more likely to believe the misconception strongly. K-12 teachers and college professors were the most commonly reported sources of misconceptions --but that does not mean that is where people actually learned them.

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Why is it important?

To stop the spread of misconceptions about the brain, it is important to discover how strongly people believe the misconceptions they believe, and where they think they originated.

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This page is a summary of: Where do neuromyths come from? Sources and strength of psychological misconceptions., Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, September 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/stl0000332.
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