Brain Facts

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There are 50 Brain Facts!

  • 1
    Scientists are attempting to create a synthetic brain by reverse-engineering the mammalian brain down to the molecular level. A cellular human brain is predicted possible by 2023. It hopes to shed light on consciousness.
  • 2
    The idea of left brain (logical) and right brain (creative) has no basis in neuroscience and is in fact a myth.
  • 3
    Studies suggest that people who appear to be constantly distracted have more "working memory" and "sharper brains".
  • 4
    When you get blackout drunk, you don't actually forget anything; your brain wasn't "recording" in the first place.
  • 5
    You see your nose at all times, your brain just chooses to ignore it.
  • 6
    Scientists say that a 'zombie apocalypse' is actually possible based on the recent discovery of certain brain parasites. But as of now, these parasites only affect bugs.
  • 7
    Fingers prune underwater not because of them absorbing the water or washing away the oil, but because of an evolutionary trait caused by the brain to enhance the grip of your fingers underwater.
  • 8
    We forget why we have entered a room because passing through doors creates an ‘event boundary’ causing the brain to file away what we were just thinking about.
  • 9
    Our brains have a negativity bias and will remember bad memories more than good ones.
  • 10
    A human brain produces as many as 12,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day, depending on how deep a thinker a person is.
  • 11
    The human brain is more active during sleep than during the day.
  • 12
    The desire to squeeze and hug cute things comes from the same place in your brain as aggression.
  • 13
    Brain freeze is caused by the brain sensing the drop of temperature on your palate and increasing blood pressure in an attempt to save you from freezing.
  • 14
    The human brain is very soft, having a consistency similar to soft gelatin or firm tofu.
  • 15
    When you fall in love, that 'high' feeling is caused by a flood of dopamine that is similar to that of cocaine.
  • 16
    Music has the ability to repair brain damage and return lost memories.
  • 17
    The use of emoticons affects our corresponding brain areas and can actually trigger emotions.
  • 18
    Foreign accent syndrome is a rare brain disorder which causes people to speak in a foreign accent involuntarily.
  • 19
    Music is as addictive to the brain as sex and drugs.
  • 20
    You can only remember 4 things at a time.
  • 21
    Optical illusions occur when what the eyes see conflicts with what the brain expects.
  • 22
    Chewing gum boosts your brain power.
  • 23
    Quick naps not only improve your alertness, but they also help in decision making, creativity and sensory perception.
  • 24
    The human brain stops growing at the age of 18.
  • 25
    Research has shown that allowing chocolate to melt in your mouth produced brain and heart rate activity that was simliar to - and even stronger than - that produced with passionate kissing.
  • 26
    Chocolate is associated with the release of serotonin, the hormone that makes you feel relaxed, calm, and happy.
  • 27
    Curvy hips indicate smart women who will deliver intelligent children.
  • 28
    Brain scans show that people who view photos of a beloved experience an activation of the caudate - the part of the brain involving cravings.
  • 29
    When someone looks at a new love, the neural circuits that are usually associated with social judgment are suppressed.
  • 30
    After age 30, the brain shrinks a quarter of a percent (0.25%) in mass each year.
  • 31
    10 seconds is the amount of time until unconsciousness after the loss of blood supply to the brain.
  • 32
    The brain can stay alive for 4 to 6 minutes without oxygen. After that cells begin die.
  • 33
    The human brain uses approximately as much energy as a 10 watt light bulb.
  • 34
    Unconsciousness will occur after 8-10 seconds after loss of blood supply to the brain.
  • 35
    The adult human brain weighs about 3 pounds (1,300-1,400 g).
  • 36
    The elephant brain weighs about 6,000g.
  • 37
    The cat brain weighs about 30g.
  • 38
    Due to the angle at which the optic nerve enters the brain, staring at a blue surface during sex greatly increases the intensity of orgasms.
  • 39
    After age 30, the brain begins to lose about 50,000 neurons per day - shrinking the brain .25% each year.
  • 40
    Caffeine boosts memory.
  • 41
    Blueberry juice boosts memory.
  • 42
    The average person's skin weighs twice as much as their brain.
  • 43
    The human brain has the capacity to store everything that you experience.
  • 44
    There are more nerve cells in the human brain than there are stars in the Milky Way.
  • 45
    On average, there's 300 billion neurons in the octopus brain.
  • 46
    On average, there's 100 billion neurons in the human brain.
  • 47
    An ant brain has about 250 000 brain cells. A human brain has 10,000 million so a colony of 40,000 ants has collectively the same size brain as a human.
  • 48
    Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die.
  • 49
    The brain case [of Neanderthals] on the average was more than 13 percent larger than that of the average of modern man
  • 50
    Starfish don't have brains.