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Mind-brain mythology: causes and consequences
If you think that your beliefs are all in the brain, it’s time to think again.This symposium aims to be a forum to discuss the dissemination of myths about how the mind and the brain work.
There often appears to be a mismatch between what scientists think they know about the mind and the brain and how this knowledge is understood by the many people who are fascinated by it. As findings are simplified by the media and entrepreneurs capitalise on pseudoscience jargon to sell products and programs, how can we dispel the myths about how the mind and the brain work?
The neurosciences regularly capture our imagination through spectacular discoveries about both healthy and impaired brains. We are used to seeing brilliant brain images and learning about very specific functions of specialized brain areas. This mindset makes both scientists and laypersons vulnerable to misinformation; some examples will be described.
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