Baffling Facts about the Brain that will Probably Amaze You

Facts about the Brain

The brain is the most complex organ in the human body, it controls all of our thoughts and actions. There are about 100 billion neurons in the brain and each neuron has about 1000 connections to other neurons, making it a highly complex system. It also contains neurotransmitters which affect emotions like happiness or anger by sending messages from one neuron to another

The brain is made up of three main parts: the cerebrum, the cerebellum, and the brain stem.

  • The cerebrum: makes up two thirds of our brain’s total weight and handles all cognitive functions such as learning, thinking, and reasoning. The cerebellum helps to control balance and coordination.
  • The brain stem:  controls automatic functions such as breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, temperature regulation, etc.
  • The spinal cord: connects different parts of our body with our brain.

Most interesting Facts about the Brain

1 Vision is the most powerful sense we have as we tend to remember at least 65% of what we see. To put that into perspective, we only recall 10% of what we hear.

2 Naps aren’t a sign of laziness. They are actually beneficial to your brain since they improve and solidify your memory, and improve learning by clearing information out of your brain’s temporary storage areas.

3 We tend to love people who make mistakes, according to the Pratfall Effect. That’s because people who make mistakes seem more human than perfectionists.

4 The brain cannot multitask. When you attempt to multitask, your error rate goes up 50% and you take twice as long to accomplish tasks.

5 Meditation not only improves your focus, but it also lessens your anxiety, increases your creativity and improves your memory.

6 Studies have proven that stress shrinks the size of our brains.

7 Exercise boosts your willpower, long-term memory, reasoning, happiness, attention, problem-solving and fluid-intelligence tasks.

8 Introverts and extroverts have different brains. Extroverts process stimuli through a shorter pathway compared to introverts.

9 It performs creative work more efficiently when you’re tired. That’s why you tend to have brilliant ideas in the shower after a long day at work.

10 You can trick your brain into believing that time is moving slowly by doing new tasks.

11 You’ll suffer permanent brain damage if your brain lacks oxygen for five to ten minutes. Additionally, if it loses blood for eight to ten seconds, you will lose consciousness.

12 It uses 20% of the blood and oxygen in your body despite it being made up of 60% fat.

13 The brain of a newborn baby grows approximately three times its size in the first year.

14 While awake, your brain produces enough power to light a bulb.

15 Contrary to popular opinion, yawning does have a function in our bodies. It works to cool down the brain and keep it awake.

16 Studies conclude that you’ll do better on IQ tests if you do not eat foods containing artificial flavors, preservatives, and dyes.

17 Men and women’s brains react differently to pain.

18 Your memory can be impaired by frequent jetlag due to the release of stress hormones.

19 You cannot snore and dream at the same time.

20 Your brain is more active when you are sleeping compared to when you are awake.

Brain Facts Summary

The brain is the body’s control center. It controls every one of your body’s activities, from breathing to moving to thinking. The brain also stores memories, interprets input from your senses, and makes decisions.

Your brain is made up of billions of neurons that communicate with each other through chemical messages. These neurons link together to form pathways, which is how different parts of the brain communicate with each other.

Getting to Know Your Brain: Crash Course Psychology

In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, we get to meet the brain. Hank talks us through the Central Nervous System, the ancestral structures of the brain, the limbic system, and new structures of the brain. Plus, what does Phineas Gage have to do with all of this?