Health and Medicine Question #21

Rafael Bourdieu, a 33 year old male from the Internet asks on June 3, 1999,

Can you tell me about enhancing mental performance and cognitive abilities through brain nutrition (nootropics), music stimulation, mental exercises and any other form of neuronal stimulation? The Internet seems to only provide hits of companies trying to sell me something. Their information is unscientific and biased.

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The answer

Barry Beyerstein answered on June 3, 1999

By paranormal coincidence, I just happen to have written a book chapter on such brain-enhancement schemes. It appeared in a new book edited by Dr. Sergio Della Sala, a neurologist at the University of Aberdeen. The book is called Mind Myths: Exploring Popular Assumptions About the Mind and Brain (1999). The bottom line is, "Save your money-there's no free lunch." [Editor: the link to the book at Amazon allows you to "look inside" much of Barry Beyerstein's chapter on this subject including a section that debunks the myth that we only use 10% of our brains.]

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