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Can You Beat The Average Person At Spotting Brain Myths?

A new study shows that everyone – even people with training in neuroscience – is susceptible to some brain myths. So how do you compare?

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It turns out that pretty much everyone is susceptible to believing "neuromyths", aka myths about our brains and how they work.

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A new study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, tested over 3,000 members of the general public, 598 people working in education, and 234 people with a "high neuroscience exposure".

The researchers found that the general public thought 68% of the myths were true; compared with teachers, who thought 56% were true; and those with high neuroscience exposure, who thought 46% were true.

So how do you measure up? You can find out by saying which of the below statements you think are true.

Before you take the test you should know that the full survey included in the paper included 32 statements, but this one is shorter with just 14.

When you're comparing your result to the people in the study, bear in mind that the members of the general public who took the survey had a higher level of education than average and were all from the US, so might not be entirely representative. And the people with a "high level" of exposure to neuroscience self-reported that fact, so its not clear exactly what courses they took.

The test will just give you some indication of where you fall compared to other people.

Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

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