10 Odd, But Fascinating Facts About The Human Brain

Facts About The Human Brain
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As well as being a busy organ, it is also an incredibly interesting one. From stolen brains to brains being served as the main course, this article will share 10 odd, but fascinating facts about the human brain, which should sure make you stop* and appreciate your own human computer.

1. The Brain: A Late Developer

Research conducted in 2010, revealed the fact that the brain does not cease development during childhood or after puberty, rather it keeps on developing into a much later stage of your life, stopping anywhere between your late thirties till mid-forties. Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore from the University College London put forth new information disputing the dated theory that the brain stops* all type of development in early childhood, rather certain parts of the brain will continue developing throughout an individual’s adulthood. The prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain responsible for decision-making and various social actions, including a person’s ability to emphasize, has seen to keep developing. Through the study of brain imaging results, it was shown that the prefrontal cortex steadily changed shape all through adolescence and early adulthood all the way into the late thirties and sometimes even beyond.

Brain Development

2. The Brain Gives 100 Percent*: Cracking The 10 Percent Myth

A frequent myth which seems to be passed on sometimes as an immutable fact is the idea that at any given time the human brain is only functioning at a 10 percent capacity. Hollywood frequently likes to play with this notion, normally with the hero and heroine taking some sort of chemical cocktail which allows them to fully access their brain, so they can learn foreign languages in an instance as well as learn the most complicated things in seconds. However, this idea is one that should remain on the screen rather than within the pages an anatomy textbook as it turns out the brain really does run at 100 percent* while a person is awake.

3. Let There Be Light: The Brain Is An Electrifying Organ

A common trope used to represent the formation of an idea is the popping up of a little lightbulb above someone’s head. This is quite fitting as while fully active, the brain has enough energy to power a small light bulb.

The Brain Is An Electrifying Organ

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4. Forget Scooby Snacks, I Want To Snack On Your Brains!

Brains seem to be on many people’s meal plans. Zombies moan for brains and Hannibal Lector delicately eats one with a knife and fork. Why is the brain represented as some sort of fictional ambrosia? Well, not counting its dramatic value, because what’s creepier than people eating brains, brains are also very rich in the essential omega 3 fatty acid, DHA. This is properly why outside of fantasy, some individuals from around the world do eat brains, from cow, monkeys or other types of animals. Though this practice is extremely risky as the consumption of brain can lead to several serious diseases. So it is best to leave it to the zombies.

5. Give Me That Brain!

While living, Einstein was a genius whose brain was commended by millions. This admiration certainly did not end at death, but one individual took it to a whole new level. Thomas Harvey, the man who performed the autopsy on Einstein, diverged from the normal pathologist process when he illicitly squirreled away the brain of Einstein. This brain then went on a weird and strange odyssey with Harvey. After justifiably being sacked, Harvey along with the brain went to Philadelphia, where he sliced and diced it into 200 pieces preserving it in celloidin. The next stop* was Kansas where he fled with his precious cargo after his wife threatened to throw it out. While here, the brain had the glamorous accommodation of an old cider box, where it remained for around 20 years.

Give Me That Brain!

6. Put Down The Celery: Dieting Could Make Your Brain Its Own Worst Enemy

Research conducted at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine has shown that excessive dieting could cause the human brain to eat itself. As the body is deprived of essential nutrients, the body becomes desperate and self-cannibalises by eating its own cells. Priory it has been thought that the brain was immune to this process, but recent research using mice brains has shown that the brain, specifically the hypothalamus, will begin “eating” itself when the body is deprived of food.

7. No Sleep Makes For An Unhappy Brain

Your body needs sleep to properly function, and this is especially true for the human brain. A lack of sleep can result in a host of different problems, including lack of concentration, memory problems, and difficulties in absorbing new information and being off you’re A game. So, it is important that an individual gets at least 7-8 hours of sleep per a 24-hour cycle.

No Sleep Makes For An Unhappy Brain

8. What Did I Do Last Night?

We have all had that horrifying moment of slowly waking up in last night’s clothes, a mouth that feels like you have licked a litter box, a headache that just won’t quit and piled on all this misfortune is the fact that you have absolutely no idea what happened the previous night. This phenomenon, of being blackout drunk, doesn’t occur because alcohol erases memories, rather drinking too much alcohol causes you to have the ability to form any new memories.

9. This Brain, It Is Always Changing

Every time you learn a new fact or piece of information, the overall structure of your brain changes slightly.

10. Rejection Hurts

People often refer to the sting of rejection, well there may be a little truth to that depressing statement. Research from Michigan University has shown that the area of the brain which becomes active during physical pain experiences the same type of activity when someone goes through a social or emotional rejection.

Rejection Hurts

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Conclusion

Often likened to the computer of your body, the human brain is an amazing organ responsible for hundreds of tasks throughout the body. When we study our brain, it always finds a way to amuse us.

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Expert Author : Ashley Stein (Consumer Health Digest)

Ashley Stein holds a bachelor's degree in education from the Birmingham-Southern College in United States. She is a health content writer and editor. She used to work as a content editor for leading online websites including blogs and journals. Her areas of specialization include writing educational and health articles. She is contributing to Consumer Health Digest for the past 4 years.