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Did you know?

Posted by on Wed, August 3rd, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I was browsing the internet last night, and I came across this article on that I found to be extremely interesting.  I figured you Swaggernauts would be interested in it, as well, so I’ve decided to share it with you.  The article is titled, “Things You Didn’t Know About the Brain.”

1) The brain consists of three parts:

The Forebrain controls all thoughts, senses, motor functions, emotion, and hunger.

The Midbrain controls auditory and visual reflexes, as well as awareness.

The Hindbrain controls coordination and analysis of senses.

2) The brain has two hemispheres:

The left hemisphere is used for analytical thoughts while the right hemisphere is used for creative thoughts.

3) The belief that we only use 10% of our brains is a myth:

The truth is that every portion of our brain has a function and is always hard at work.

4) Your brain has 100,000 miles worth of blood vessels:

This is enough to circle the Earth four times.

5) Your brain has 100 billion neurons:

These cells are known as the gray matter which process information.

6) Learning a second language before age 5 changes how the brain will develop later in life:

These children’s brains are able to produce denser gray matter by adulthood.

7) If the brain were a hard drive it would hold 4 terabytes of information:

That’s the same as 80 Blu-ray discs, 850 DVD-R discs, or enough to hold 4% of the entire Library of Congress’ data.

8) The world champion of memorization is Ben Pridmore:

He can memorize the order of a deck of cards in 26.38 seconds.

9) What you eat affects your brain:

A study of one million students in New York showed that people who ate a lunch without preservatives or artificial dyes scored 14% higher on IQ tests.  Another study showed that people who ate seafood at least once a week had a 30% lower occurrence of dementia.

10) 20% of the oxygen you inhale is used by the brain.

11) Size doesn’t always matter:

Einstein’s brain weighed 1,230 grams, while the average male’s brain weighs 1,360 grams.

12) Scientists preserved Einstein’s brain for study:

It is split into 240 separate slides for viewing.

13) Men process information primarily from the left side of the brain:

Women tend to use both sides at the same time.

14) There is truth behind the saying men are rational and women are emotional:

Women are more emotional, because they have a larger Limbic system which regulates emotion.  Men have a larger inferior-parietal lobule that controls mathematical ability.

15) In very rare cases, the brain goes haywire and these might occur:

Exploding Head Syndrome – Individual hears a loud bang coming from the middle of their head.

Phantom Extra Limb Syndrome – You think you have more limbs than you actually have.

Sleep Paralysis – The inability to move your limbs upon waking up from sleep, because the brain is still in REM mode.

Pretty interesting, huh?

Pass it on!


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