This is a guest post from Elizabeth Kirkham, a PhD researcher in the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Sheffield.

I study Psychology. I can’t read your mind or tell you anything about Freud, but I do know that you’re not left brained. You’re not right brained either. The idea that we can be left or right brained is a myth. And the common refrain that we only use 10% of our brains? Also a myth (we use 100%). Clearly, Psychology as an academic discipline is still widely misunderstood. The impact of this is best illustrated in an annual mass realisation which takes place in lecture theatres across the UK: “This isn’t what I signed up for! …is it?” The reality is that Psychology spans a multitude of topics, including the biology of neurons, the impact of brain injury and the behaviour of animals. But if we want people to know this, we need to go out and tell them…

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