28 Fun Facts About Our Brain

By Jordan Miller;

The human brain has amazed and baffled people through the ages. It's complexities continue to baffle many today. People have devoted much of their life to studying the brain and how it works. Known by some as the central processing unit of our body, the brain has many functions it performs daily. We have all been entrusted with the care and feeding of this most extraordinary and intricate creation. Home to our mind and personality, our brain houses our wonderful memories and future hopes. It orchestrates the symphony of consciousness that gives us purpose, motion, passion, and emotion. Let us examine some of the brains most interesting characteristics we know thus far.

30 Fun Facts About Our Brain
  1. There are no pain receptors in the brain, thus the brain can feel no pain.
  2. The human brain is the fattest organ in the body and may consists of at least 60% fat.
  3. At birth, your brain was almost the same size as an adult brain and contained most of the brain cells for your whole life.
  4. The capacity for such emotions as joy, happiness, fear, and shyness are already developed at birth. The specific type of nurturing a child receives shapes how these emotions are developed.
  5. There are 100,000 miles of blood vessels in the brain.
  6. Your brain stops growing at age 18.
  7. The first sense to develop while in utero is the sense of touch. The lips and cheeks can experience touch at about 8 weeks and the rest of the body around 12 weeks.
  8. Your brain uses 20% of the total oxygen in your body.
  9. Information can be processed as slowly as 0.5 meters/sec or as fast as 120 meters/sec (about 268 miles/hr).
  10. It is thought that a yawn works to send more oxygen to the brain, therefore working to cool it down and wake it up.
  11. While awake, your brain generates between 10 and 23 watts of power–or enough energy to power a light bulb.
  12. The brain can live for 4 to 6 minutes without oxygen, and then it begins to die. No oxygen for 5 to 10 minutes will result in permanent brain damage.
  13. A study of one million students in New York showed that students who ate lunches that did not include artificial flavors, preservatives, and dyes did 14% better on IQ tests than students who ate lunches with these additives.
  14. Scientists have discovered that men and women’s brains react differently to pain, which explains why they may perceive or discuss pain differently.
  15. Boredom is brought on by a lack of change of stimulation, is largely a function of perception, and is connected to the innate curiosity found in humans.
  16. The connection between body and mind is a strong one. One estimate is that between 50-70% of visits to the doctor for physical ailments are attributed to psychological factors.
  17. Anomia is the technical word for tip-of-the-tongue syndrome when you can almost remember a word, but it just won’t quite come to you.
  18. Estrogen (found in both men and women) has been shown to promote better memory functions.
  19. Just because you don’t remember your dreams doesn’t mean you don’t dream. Everyone dreams!
  20. A world champion memorizer, Ben Pridmore memorized 96 historical events in 5 minutes and memorized a single, shuffled deck of cards in 26.28 seconds.
  21. Most people dream about 1-2 hours a night and have an average of 4-7 dreams each night.
  22. While you sleep, your body produces a hormone that may prevent you from acting out your dreams, leaving you virtually paralyzed.
  23. If you are snoring, you are not dreaming.
  24. Japanese researchers have successfully developed a technology that can put thoughts on a screen and may soon be able to screen people’s dreams.
  25. Laughing at a joke is no simple task as it requires activity in five different areas of the brain.
  26. Ever notice that you yawned after someone around you did? Scientists believe this may be a response to an ancient social behaviour for communication that humans still have.
  27. The average number of thoughts that humans are believed to experience each day is 70,000.
  28. The word "brain" appears 66 times in the plays of William Shakespeare.
There you have it! Some fun facts about our brain. Always remember to feed your brain with plenty of good nutrients and limit its exposure to too harmful electronic frequencies and brain debilitating foods and substances. Meditate when you can, laugh often and connect to the ground to keep your brain young and healthy.

Your question: Can you think of any other fun facts? (post your comments below)


About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.


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