Published on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00
The brain is possibly the most complex organ that we have yet to discover all the possibilities of what it can do. What we do know however are the basic theories as to how it functions.
1. Your brain uses 20% of the total oxygen in your body. If it is deprived of it, your brain slows down making you black out for a while until all the required oxygen comes back to get your brain functioning properly again.
2. While awake, your brain generates 10 – 23 watts of power, just enough to power a lightbulb.
3. The human brain is the fattest organ in the body consisting of at least 60% fat. Unless of course you have humongous boobs then that’s an exception.
4. The brain structure of children who learn 2 or more languages before the age of five is different from others who only learnt one language. When bilingual children grow up, their adult brains will reflect on brain scans to have a much denser grey matter.
5. The brain is made up of about 75% water. A runny nose and dehydration may cause headaches because of the lack of water in the brain.
6. A piece of brain tissue the size of one gain of sand contains 100,000 neurons and 1 billion sypnases, all communicating and transferring information with one another.
7. It is hypothesized that a yawn works to send more oxygen to the brain, cooling it down and making it more alert. That is why you sometimes let out a huge, unglamorous yawn even though you might not be sleepy.
8. An average person has an approximate of 50,000 – 70,000 thoughts a day.
9. Yawns are contagious from the reaction of the cells in our brain called mirror neurons. These particular neurons help us socialize and communicate with others, if damaged, a person would find it difficult to interact with other people.
10. Contrary to popular belief, your brain does not stop developing at 18 years old, it actually develops well into your 20’s and continues changing throughout your life.