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Friday, July 29, 2011

Limitless - psychology 101

Let me start this off by saying, Limitless is a good movie. It keeps the viewer involved and Bradley Cooper is his usual quick witted affluent self. That's not what my issue is with this movie. It's the psychology. The saying "we only use 10% of our brain." (not to mention at another point in the movie they say 20%). As a psychology buff this does nothing but aggravate me.

You use 100% of your brain, 100% of the time. While its not all dedicated to higher consciousness and cognition (in fact true to the saying that is highly limited)... A plethora of functions we don't want to think about. Such as breathing, blinking, swallowing, and involuntary reflex. Other things we CAN NOT think about or we would DIE. Such as heart rate, nerve impulses etc. Right now your brain is receiving impulses through your eye which sends messages to the occipital lobes of your brain, which is then sent to your prefrontal cortex- which allows you to think. Do you really want to have to tell your brain to send the message from your eye to occipital lobes to the prefrontal cortex, THEN think about it. Your brain is an instant processing machine with up to FOUR POINT EIGHT TERABYTES OF INFORMATION.... that's 4.8... Your computers usually work with 1... sometimes 2. Just by reading this and scrolling you are using a greater portion than 10% of the brain, your corpus collosum is sending messages between the right and left hemisphere, your hippicampus is formulating memories, your limbic system is controlling your heart rate and bodily functions, your brain is in constant flux, even when you sleep you use more than 10% of your brain. The pons sends messages to the prefrontal cortex, where information is interrupted and sent to your higher consciousness, and new memories are being formulated. Your brain re-visits the days encounters.

Please, don't buy into "you only use 10% of your brain" .... You're selling it short, it does more for you than you can imagine! (So wear a helmet when biking)

Your general writer,

Andrew

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