About 2 decades ago, we used to believe that the brain’s plasticity couldn’t change itself and that it was fixed. However, some recent findings just proved that the truth is that your brain can really change, a lot. Due to this finding, more and more money is being canalized to the study of the brain as well as to try to understand everything that it is able to do. Meanwhile, here are 9 interesting facts about your brain that you probably don’t know about:
#1: The Cerebrum, the part of your brain that is responsible for the motor control weights around 85% of the total brain. Plus, the average weight of the male brain is about 200 grams heavier than the average female brain weight. As you get older, the weight of your brain will start to decrease.
#2: The weight of an adult human brain is about 3 pounds and it makes up just 2% of your weight. However, it is responsible for consuming about 20-30% of your total energy.
#3: You probably didn’t know that your brain is able to produce almost enough energy to light a bulb. In fact, when you are waking up, your brain usually produces between 30 to 35 watts.
#4: When your brain is overheated, your body leads to yawn as a way of cooling down. Plus, when you’re brain isn’t getting enough oxygen, it is said that the yawn will serve as the last resource to take oxygen to your brain.
#5: Your brain has about 150,000 miles of blood vessels which keep working at high speed, When your brain has no problems in getting enough blood and oxygen, these vessels can bear the high tension and be strong.
#6: When a woman is pregnant, it is incredible how the fetal brain is able to develop at such a high rate. Every single minute, there are added around 251,000 neurons.
#7: The amygdala is the part of the brain that is responsible to give you the clues to know how the person next to you is feeling, just by looking at her. It is able to detect different moods such as excitement, worry, sadness, happiness, among others.
#8: Jetlag can affect both your memory and learning. When you have chronic jetlag, your stress hormones production will increase, the temporal lobe’s size decrease, and they will interfere with both memory and learning.
#9: Every time you revive a memory, you are creating a lot of new connections within your brain. This is the reason why the older the memory, the more connections will be formed.
Article by: Andres Vieira