Cool Brain Facts & Myths

Every day, scientists learn more about how the brain works. In the past 20 years, their knowledge has grown exponentially, even proving some of our earlier beliefs false. In all the brain resources articles below, you can learn more about how the brain and senses work, and the truth behind some common myths about the brain.

The Brain 101The Brain 101
For an in-depth introduction to the brain, including how it transmits information, start here.

Brain FactsBrain Facts
Strange but true: did you know that an octopus has no blind spot, that reptiles yawn, and that your ears emit sounds? Learn about these and more fun brain facts here.
Brain MythologyBrain Mythology
Do we really use only 10% of our brains? Find the truth behind this and other common brain myths.

5 Brain Facts (video)5 Amazing Brain Facts
Watch five brief and informative videos, each focused on a fun brain fact. These videos can be shrared with all your family and friends.
Test Your KnowledgeTest Your Knowledge
If you think you know a lot about the brain, try finishing this crossword! Download this brain-themed crossword puzzle today.
How Hearing WorksHow Hearing Works
Hearing happens in the ears and the brain. Find out how you turn sound vibrations into meaningful language.
How Vision WorksHow Vision Works
The brain and eyes are equal partners in vision. Discover how the eyes take in information and the brain makes sense of it.
Your Brain in LoveYour Brain in Love
You may have heard people say that the most important organ for love is the brain, not the heart. Research on the neuroscience of love has some interesting findings that might surprise you.
The Brain on MenopauseThe Brain on Menopause
Does menopause affect brain function? Learn what might be behind the cognitive changes some women notice during menopause.
What is ChemobrainWhat is Chemobrain
Hear from cancer survivors who faced an unexpected side effect: memory loss.