We all know the brain stores data, takes charge of memory and emotions, is incredibly complex, and, if you’ve been following our videos, that it can have its inherent memorizing abilities improved through various methods. There’s lots more that most of us know about the brain, and there are plenty of places to look for more in-depth info, but you probably don’t know and would have a hard time learning these eight facts.
Fact Number One
As humans, our Bizarre Brain contains around 100 billion neurons. A computer with equal power would have to have a processor that runs at 1,000,000,000,000 bits per second! Sound like a future NASA computer? Experts predict that computers that powerful will actually be around by 2020.
Fact Number Two
Even though the brain processes the signals that correspond to pain, and could essentially then be argued to be the reason we feel pain at all, the brain itself is actually unable to feel any of it. Don’t test that theory, just trust us.
Fact Number Three
Evidence suggests that the human brain continuously alters throughout life. For instance, after one week of learning to juggle, your brain’s structure already starts to show change.
Fact Number Four
Ever hear of the amygdala? This is where your most personal, vivid, and cherished long-term memories are stored, and it also happens to be where your brain processes fear. Coincidence?
If you’d like to know a bit more about this part and other parts of the brain that are crucial for memory processes, see our blog post Areas of the Brain Critical for Memory.
Fact Number Five
Ever wish you had photographic memory, or at least better memory? Well it turns out there’s actually a condition resulting in excessively efficient memory called hyperthymestic syndrome. Those very very few who are “afflicted” with this condition are able to remember every single thing that happens in their lives, which could be good or bad.
Fact Number Six
If you converted your daily brain power into electrical wattage, you couldn’t even run your refrigerator light for a single day. The average human brain runs at about twelve watts each day, not exactly enough to start trying to convert your mind power into energy savings.
Fact Number Seven
Though brain sizes and body proportions vary, the average brain takes up less than 4% of the average person’s total body-weight. While that’s interesting enough to know on its own, what’s more interesting is that those few percentage points account for around 18% of the same body’s total energy usage.
Fact Number Eight
This brings us to the final fact of the list. If you fly through different time zones a lot, you might want to start reconsidering your travel plans, or at least start taking up some brain exercises. Research shows that those who experience jet lag on a regular basis are more prone to memory damage.
Though this may seem like it would deal with the altitude changes or something along the lines of the physical flight, the truth is that this comes from the release of stress hormones that occurs during jet lag, and we all know that stress does just about everything bad for the body that can be done, including, in this case, temporal lobe damage.