Little-Known Facts About the Brain
The human brain is an amazing and powerful organ that controls our minds and bodies. Although we each have a brain and a mind to use it, most people actually know very little about the human brain they live with every day. Check out these fun yet little-known facts about the brain to see how well your own brain measures up and increase your knowledge and brainpower to boot!
- Activity is required in five different parts of the brain in order for a person to laugh.
- Metastatic brain cancer can be treated noninvasively with an acoustic neuroma gamma knife treatment. The gamma knife isn’t a knife at all; it’s many finely focused gamma rays that halt development of tumors.
- The brain can’t feel pain because it has no pain receptors.
- Humans have approximately 70,000 thoughts a day—that’s a lot of thinking in a short amount of time!
- Studies suggest that the more information we memorize, the larger the brain’s hippocampus grows. At the same time, other studies have proven that brain size and weight has nothing to do with intelligence, suggesting that memory has nothing to do with intelligence.
- However, the food we eat may play a role in intelligence and brain capacity. A study of primary school students in New York showed that children who ate lunches free from artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives performed 14% better on IQ tests than those who ate these artificial additives at lunch time.
- While there are no proven facts about why we dream, some experts believe that one purpose of dreaming is to clear thoughts and clutter from the mind.
- The human brain contains 100,000 miles of blood vessels.
- The brain can survive for up to six minutes without oxygen, while between five and ten minutes of oxygen deprivation results in permanent brain damage.
- Recalling memories improves brain mass by increasing brain connections and connective tissue. You can improve your brain power simply by conjuring up some good memories.
- Scent creates stronger emotions and memories than those generated by other sensory triggers, so don’t forget to stop and smell the roses and other pleasing smells to help increase your brain mass and power.
- Your brain constantly generates 10 to 20 watts of energy during your waking hours—enough to power a low-watt light bulb. How’s that for renewable energy?
- Children who become bilingual before the age of five have a different brain structure than single-language children and a denser brain as adults.
- The brain is the body’s fattiest organ, containing up to 60% fat, but the brain is one part of your body that you don’t want to put on a diet.