10 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE HUMAN BRAIN
The human brain is one of the most interesting parts, however, complexes present in the human body that exists in the universe. The brain does all the functioning and operates other parts of the human body, but there is still much that we do not know about it. All of us have always been fascinated by the brains of some genius people who can easily figure things out and take less time to learn things. We call them “born smart” and we secretly envy them, but we have also asked many times how to do all that.
Now let’s take a quick look at some interesting and amazing facts about the human brain that we have never encountered.
Yes you have heard that the right human brain produces the amount of electricity that a small light bulb can easily ignite. Of course, this does not mean that you try to produce light from your brain. Let’s put it this way – without electricity I would not be reading this article for two reasons. One of them, what electricity is needed to operate the device and second, it takes the brain to generate the electricity it needs.
In Physics we were taught that the human body is a collection of huge masses of atoms that produce electricity that makes our bodies function. Now, when we talk about our brain it sends signals A- or signals that receive From- the brain as in cases of closing the door, or the opening of a book, which is simply the electricity produced in the brain that carries the messages of one point to another. The difference is that here we do not have wires and electrical wires, but nerves and neurons to do the work.
The brain is fat
Did you know that our brain weighs half that makes our skin? The next time someone calls you chubby, I take it as a compliment, since it means you have a bigger brain too.The human brain is considered the fattest organ in the human body. A normal human brain weighs 3 pounds, of which 60% is nothing more than fat.
A more interesting fact about our brain is that it uses a fifth of a calorie per minute, even when we are resting. If we diet too strict and eat too little, we could force our brain to eat itself due to starvation. This will come as good news for cooking enthusiasts, who receive a license to eat freely, at least eat freely is much better than starving your brain and what it is to eat itself, right?
Good to forget
Yes, it’s good for your brain to forget things because when you forget something, it means that your brain is eliminating some unnecessary information. This is a good thing for the nervous system, as it helps maintain its plasticity. The next time you forget something, remember that it is not your fault that your brain thought it as some unnecessary information.
The human brain takes 6 minutes to react with alcohol, so when a person is under the influence of alcohol and experiences a “blackout”, it is not as if the person does not remember anything, but his brain temporarily loses the ability to capture memories.
Brain does not feel the pain
The brain feels no pain at all. This is due to the sensory nerve fibers that make us feel the pain called “nociceptors” – which are found in all parts of the body-human are not present in the brain, so it is affected by any kind of pain. Now, this explains how neurosurgeons work easily in a patient’s brain when they are awake.
Now the question arises whether the brain does not feel pain, then why do we have headaches. Actually, this is a completely different story – there are layers of tissue between the brain and the skull called “dura” and “pia”, which act as a protective layer for the brain. These layers of tissues have nociceptors in them so when stressed, or when there is too much pressure on our brain, our blood vessels release some chemicals near these layers of tissue which in turn activate the nociceptors and cause headaches.
Sometimes we have a strong “hunch” of whether an act / person is correct or something is going to happen, even without having any fact or proof to justify our feelings. Actually these feelings, also known as “intuition”, are caused by an electrical simulation caused in some specific parts of our brain that are related to risk analysis.
Let’s think of the brain as a prediction machine. The brain stores the memories it receives from the outside world, and combines them with past experiences to summarize the possible results of a certain situation. Our brain is designed to not only see and hear, but also predict what we should hear or see a moment away. This is the basis of the concept of “sixth sense”.
Oxygen supply to the brain
The human brain uses 20% of the total oxygen and blood in our body. Our brain can normally survive up to 4 to 6 minutes without oxygen, after which, little by little it begins to die. The lack of oxygen supply to the brain for more than 10 minutes – caused due to suffocation, carbon monoxide poisoning, non-functioning of the heart, injuries suffered at birth, or drowning, etc. – can cause permanent damage to the brain.
When our brain is deprived of oxygen for a very long time, it goes out which results in a medical condition where a person does not react to any kind of stimuli such as pain, touch, noise, etc. often referred to as “coma” or simply, coma. In this condition, a person can not perform all voluntary actions and even if there are chances that the person can recover from the coma if the oxygen supply was recovered, there is permanent damage to the brain.
Brain has taste receptors
It sounds strange, is not it? The human brain also has taste receptors. We know taste buds of the tongue are responsible for the kind of taste we get, but these sensors present in our mouth are just the initials. The most important part of the trip taste is how the brain interprets. Yes, the brain is responsible for translating what kind of flavor we have experienced. There are parts of our brain that are dedicated to different tastes.
Brain makes apocalypse possible
Yes, you heard right! It is no more just an argument from a fiction movie. Scientists have discovered that there are many brain parasites that can actually make the true “apocalypse”. It must sound surreal that a small creature can rule a great, human body, but these parasites do not really control their hosts so zombies can be made through these parasites.
A recent study has found that “Toxoplasma gondii”, a parasite known to infect rodents and cats and is making its way to humans too. Scientists are linking schizophrenia, the state of health in which a patient can no longer reality separate from fiction, also with a parasite. This research is a continuous process but it is still creepy to know that there is no cure available for the condition.
Brain does not have a permanent structure
The structure of the human brain begins to change from the moment of birth and continues to do so throughout life. There is a change every time we learn something new.The structure of our brain also changes without the use of any drugs or life-changing situations.
Now the question is – how does it change?Change can occur even with just doing something new or new. When we do something different too, it brings a change in the structure of your brain. This explains why psychotherapy sometimes works very well when medications fail. This is because it changes the way our brain thinks in the present and gives us a different way of perceiving things. This leads to changes in the structure and biochemistry of our brain.
Brain and depression
When we talk about brain it is difficult to avoid the question of depression. Doctors no longer dismiss depression as an imaginary concept; which is a real disease that impacts the brain. It is caused by chemical changes in the brain. Anyone of any age can suffer from it.
There is a change in brain structure when depression occurs. Several parts of the brain slow down and some parts become hyperactive. This explains why depressed people feel lethargic and exhausted. The balance of the brain is annoying. It is caused mainly due to biological factors, rejection and failure. A recent study shows that violent homes and harsh parenting can have the same effect on a child’s mental state as a soldier’s mental condition.
We have talked about some very interesting facts and Mindboggling about the human brain. Did you know that our brain receives almost 70,000 thoughts in a day however, we never recognize it? In short, we underestimate the power of our brain. There is nothing like a “mute”; If we can optimize the way we use our brain, we could all be smart. The trick is in not expecting everyone to be smart in a field, as everyone’s brain is not developed to be interested in a particular field.
Everything we do, every thought we have ever had, is produced by the human brain. But exactly how it works remains one of the biggest unresolved mysteries, and it seems that the more we explore its secrets, the more surprises we come across ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson