How Much Of Our Brain Do We Use?

Lucy is a science fiction film that became a hit in 2014. It revolves around man’s capability of accessing its brain. Well, the CPH4 I think is only an accessory to lead the main character into being able to access her brain, but, I think the movie revolves around the myth of man’s brain capability.

In the movie, it was demonstrated what happens if we are able to access more than what we thought we are actually capable of: telepathy, telekinesis, mental time travel, and inability to feel pain or discomforts.

In the lecture scene of Morgan Freeman, who played the role of Professor Samuel Norman, he said that there are more connections in the human body than there are stars in the galaxy. We possess a gigantic network of information to which we have almost no access, well, hypothetically speaking. But, really, how much of our brain do we use?

Are we capable of accessing more than what we thought we can access? This is exactly when a common question arises – how much of our brain do we use? Is it true that we are only accessing 10% of our brain? What is the actual percentage of our brain we are using? To clarify all your doubts, I thought of sharing whatever I researched in the past few days.


How Much Percent Of Our Brain Do We Use?

Do We Use 100% Of Our Brain Or Its Just 10%?

This has been a debate going around as to what exactly is the truth. Are we accessing only 10% of our brain or are we accessing 100% of our brain all the time? According to Barry Gordon, a neurologist of John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, the ten percent is only a myth and it is not true.

On the other hand, Sir John Eccles stated that the human brain has infinite potential. In addition, it was also stated that humans have unlimited capacity to learn unlike computers, no human brain has ever said: “Hard drive full”. The Doctors TV show covered this topic on February 10, 2015 and they are convinced that a human uses all of the brain all the time.

They even showed a brain scan courtesy of Washington University Show, indicating that every time we do something, there is a brain activity taking place in almost all areas. But what I have noticed is that they only focused on what the brain is doing with our body. In other sense, the brain activity that is seen in the scan in The Doctor’s show is the motor capacity of the brain that is a part of our body.

 The question how much of our brain do we use is a little broad that it is not specified as to what areas we are looking at. Both parties have proven their point; one by presenting the MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging showing radio wave energies of the brain in the body.

Sir John Eccles’s point is the human’s mental capacity to access the gigantic network connections that we possess like what Freeman said in the movie. I don’t think there is ever a machine that is able to measure something that is not seen and cannot be seen. It is mental. It goes beyond the physical aspect of the brain. It is psychology.

The phrase “we use all of our brain all the time” refers to the brain’s motor skill. And that is why Liz Vaccariello, The Doctors’ Health Investigator, in The Doctor’s show, mentioned that a lot of scientists have researched for a way to further boost brain power. She even suggested that eating fish, fruits and vegetables can boost brain power because it they natural anti-oxidants.

She meant to say the motor skills of the brain because it gets tired too and it constantly needs fuel to keep it going and functioning. That’s what she meant. “We use all of our brain all the time” does not have anything to do with one’s mental capacity. It says nothing about human intelligence, creativity or problem solving.

The answer to the question how much of our brain do, varies depending on a human’s capability. Let me explain this with by asking few more questions. How much brain do you think did Einstein use to develop the general theory of relativity?

What sort of capability he must have required to discover the photoelectric effect (which was a pivotal step in the evolution of quantum theory)? How much of brain was Leonardo da Vinci able to access since his interest covered almost everything — painting, geology, architecture, music, anatomy, invention, engineering, literature, astronomy, botany, writing, history, sculpting and cartography, science and  mathematics.

How much brain power did Neo used to fight the sinister black-suited agents with superhuman abilities? How much of the brain did Jean Grey used to be able to get into someone’s head since she has telepathic and telekinetic powers so as Professor Xavier.

The latter are fictional characters, I know, but there are also real people where they get the inspiration from creating these fictional characters. Where is the word psychic power coming from? Or pyrokinesis, creating fire with the mind, telekinesis or one’s capability to move objects though mind power? These characters are created to represent that some people possess gifts to access more than what a normal brain is capable of.

Recent discoveries of human with super power like Stephen Witshire, a British man, who was born in 1974 is called “The Human Camera” because he has a gift of sketching a landscape from a memory with accuracy and immense detail.

Echo-location or bio sonar was also mentioned in the movie Lucy. According to Freeman in the movie, whales do have bio sonar and use 15% of their brain’s capability. How much more can a human access if he uses echolocation to detect objects in their environment by sensing echoes from those objects and using it to be able to navigate?

To explain this, we will give you few more real-time examples. Daniel Kish and Ben Underwood are blind due to retinal cancer that they had in their early years and they are able to live normal lives. Slavisa Pajkic from Serbia has the ability to conduct his own electricity. He can heat up a cup of water to 97 degrees and can cook a sausage in his hands.

Natasha Demkina was born in 1986 in Russia. At the age of 10, she was able to see her mother’s organs. She now works for different organizations in the medical field to make use of her talent like make diagnosis with her special vision. These are normal people but people who can bend the laws of nature.

Some Tips To Improve Our Brain Function

Instead of asking how much of our brain do we use, lets do some trick to improve it better.

1.Good Balanced Diet Does The Trick

Eating healthy nutrition-balanced diet will improve your brain function. Good healthy foods will make the body do thework they are supposed to do. Whereas, when you take junk foods, your body is not designed to break them down easily so eventually the task gets hard for the body and it reacts in the form of storing more fat. Too much junk/fried/processed/artificial sweetened foods will deprive all the good things in your body which the brain needs to function well.

Following foods will promote good brain function:

  • Healthy foods especially Nuts and Seeds rich in Omega 3 fatty acids are very good for your brain functions and for brain nerves. The healthy fats, vitamins and anti-oxidants in the nuts will help the brain a lot.
  • Just a few overnight soaked almonds or a handful of walnuts, Pecan nuts every day can do wonders in improving your brain health.
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acid rich Fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel will support improved cognitive functions of your brain.
  • Foods rich in Zinc and Magnesium and Iron will improve and increase oxygen levels in the blood which in turn will help your brain gather more oxygen and function well. Good oxygen to brain can prevent numerous conditions like Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders.
  • Include micronutrient rich foods in your diet. Include more anti-oxidants rich fruits and vegetables in your daily food routine. Anti-oxidant rich foods will shield the brain and their tissues /cell membrane from free-radicals.

2.Regular Exercises Has The Most Positive Effect On Brain Function

Exercise regularly or about three to four times a day will have more positive effect on your brain. Practicing yoga and breathing exercises regularly will bring your stress levels considerably down in no time leading to more improved brain functions. e very good for the brain to function well with no stress levels.

3.Keep your Brain Stay Active

Waking up early is the first way to begin your active lifestyle. Invest in yourself during those early hours with things you like to do or go for a walk or do yoga etc. Calm early morning hours are good for your brain function. Brain training exercises are another best ways to improve the overall brain health. Brain training exercises and tasks tend to improve the brain speed and ability to process things quickly, take in more complex information and process them and perform well under limited time

You don’t have to hit they gym or bring in pricey equipment, just a nice early morning walk will do wonders to your overall health and mind. Go for a jog, enjoy the nature. Have the habit of waking up early and go for your morning walk at least thrice a week. You can ride your favorite cycle, go for swimming or just involve yourself in any physical activities in the early hours of the day which has the most positive effect on your brain function.


So, how much of our brains do we use? I’d say I do not know or it is still a mystery. Ten percent is the neurons that comprise our brain. The other 90 percent are the supporting or connective tissue if you are going to refer to Histology. So, there is no definite answer as to how much of our brain do we use.

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