Brain Stories: Myth Busting!

 Humans love stories. Many invented stories are harmless. However, when wrong beliefs guide decision-making and policies, stories based on scientific myths can have negative consequences. 

There is a lot of information circulating about the human brain - including some misinformation. These widespread misconceptions about the brain are called "neuromyths". In this myth-buster series, researchers and communicators from the NMR Kids Lab at the Jacobs Center of Productive Youth Development at the University of Zurich inform about scientifically proven brain facts and bust stories that rather belong in the world of myths and fairy tales than being true.

Are you curious about how successful you were in distinguishing facts from myths? On this page you will find what is really true and further explanations to each fact. At the end of this page, you can also enter our prize draw for all those who took part in the quiz. All of the information on this page will be made publicly available once the survey is no longer running. If you subscribe to our newsletter, we will let you know as soon as this is the case.

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Growing Brains

Want to learn more about the brain? The initiative Growing Brains combines elements of science outreach, co-creation, and dialogue to further public knowledge about brain and behavioral development, pointing out the connections to highly relatable topics such as mental health, lifelong learning, or the mysteries of the teenage brain. We will also guide our audience towards an increased understanding of the fundamental principles of the scientific process – how does science actually work? We are creating different types of dialogue event formats, learning materials and even a graphic novel, all aimed at an audience of adolescents and adults in Switzerland and beyond.  >> Learn more

Citizen Science Zurich

By taking part in our quiz, you have become a “Citizen Scientist”. Did you enjoy it and would you like to take part in other Citizen Science projects? Then we can recommend that you also visit Citizen Science Zurich.