If you need to brush up on your knowledge of the human brain – or if you just have a LOVE of learning – look no further, because we’ve gathered up a list of some of the best brain facts on the planet. Amongst other things, you’ll learn why babies’ heads are so darned big, why a healthy lunch is good for your body and your brain, why happy thoughts will keep the doctor away and why your lover’s cologne makes your heart skip a beat.
Check out the list, and if you’ve got more cool and interesting facts to add, please proceed to read further.
Fast Brain Facts
3 = the weight of your brain in pounds.
4 to 6 = the number of minutes your brain can survive without oxygen before it starts to die.
8 to 10 = the number of seconds you have before losing consciousness due to blood loss.
10 to 23 = the number of watts of power your grain generates when you’re awake (that’s enough to turn on a light bulb!).
20 = the percentages of oxygen and blood flow going to the brain.
100,000 = the number of miles of blood vessels in your brain.
1,000 to 10,000 = the number of synapses for each neuron in your brain.
100 billion = the number of neurons in your brain.
Each person has about the same number of brain cells at birth as in adulthood, but those cells grow, reaching maximum size at about age six.
A newborn’s brain triples its size in the first year of life (no wonder BABIES have such big heads!).
The sense of touch is the first sense to develop in a fetus, with the lips and cheeks experiencing this sensation at eight weeks.
Keep exercising your brain, because mental activity stimulates the creation of new neurons throughout your whole life.
The Memory Game
New connections are created each and every time you remember something or have a new thought.
Stronger, more intense emotional connections are linked to memories prompted by scent.
Memories triggered by scent (like cologne) have a stronger emotional connection, and therefore appear more intense than other memory triggers.
Cherish your sleep because that’s probably the best time for your brain to file away all the memories of the day.
Things That Make You Go “Hmmm…”
It’s not your brain that’s hurting when you get a headache – without pain receptors, your brain can’t feel any pain.
Your brain knows when you tickle yourself, which is why you don’t bend over laughing.
Supertasters have a super power that enables them to sometimes taste flavours that others can’t detect; they have more taste buds and a brain that’s more sensitive to tastes of foods and drinks.
When you sleep, you’re virtually paralyzed because your brain creates a hormone to prevent you from acting out your dreams.
About 12% of people dream in black and white.
It’s not true that humans only use 10% of their brains; each part of the brain has a purpose.
That being said, your brain is the most fatty organ in your body!