The human brain is a powerful thing, it controls every function of the human body and relays messages that tell our muscles what to do. As a highly intelligent species, a human’s mind is well equipped to engage in such sophisticated activities as reasoning, language, problem solving, self awareness and critical thinking which our fellow animal species are not capable of. This makes the human mind an incredible object of interest and wonder and we continue to learn more about how it works all the time. Without further ado, here are 10 mind blowing facts about the human brain that you may not already know.
#1 The brain consists of about 100 billion neurons which serve to support and protect the neurons.
#2 The number of thoughts a person is believed to have a day is in the region of 70,000.
#3 Have you ever noticed that yawning is contagious? Well it is, and scientists believe that this quality in humans stems back to an ancient social behaviour of communication that remains active today.
Does this picture make you want to yawn?!
#4 Blinking occurs over 20,000 times a day and every time we do so the brain kicks in and prevents the world from going dark as your eyes temporarily shut.
#5 The human brain exerts a lot of energy, in fact it could generate enough electricity to power a lightbulb.
#6 You cannot tickle yourself effectively as your brain has developed in such a way to distinguish between unexpected external touch and your own touch.
#7 The brain is made up of about 75% water which is why we often get headaches when we are dehydrated and why hangovers are far worse if you don’t drink water alongside your alcoholic drinks!
#8 Reality is subjective to the human brain, and our perception of the world around us becomes our reality. That’s why it is so important to look at life positively and fill your mind with good, happy thoughts.
#9 Albert Einstein’s brain was 10% smaller than average but the part of the brain that is related to mathematical and spatial ability was 15% larger in his brain than in your average person.
#10 Every time you learn something new, the structure of your brain changes. That’s why the phrase ‘it’s like riding a bike’ exists – once you learn how to do something, your brain sends messages along pathways of neurons forming new connections that allow you to remember the new skill or memory.
Those were our 10 mind blowing brain facts, the human brain is an incredible machine and far more efficient than any computer or man made technology on the market. Nourish your brain with healthy foods and train it continuously by seeking out new knowledge and information, you might be surprised by how much your brain can handle when you start to push it a little further all the time.