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What Is the Capacity of Our Brain?

"We use only 10 % of our brain capacity" Is this information true ? (...)

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That's a very interesting question. My opinion is that is totally untrue, or, at least, it cannot be proved to be true.

All human beings seem to "use" all of their neurons, otherwise they would die off (for instance, children with severe inborn defects of the optical system of the eyes, get blind because the unstimulated cells of the retina degenerate and die in a very short time).

Memory, for instance, seems to be distributed across the whole population of neurons in the networks used to store it. So even in persons who do not have the need to store a great amount of information, the neurons are not left unused !

That would explain also why our brain is not involuting.

Prof. Renato M.E. Sabbatini, PhD, Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics State University of Campinas Email:

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Silvia Helena Cardoso, PhD

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