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5 Brain Facts You Might Not Know #YOTB

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The Brain is a Mystery Even Still to Many Scientists

5 Brain Facts You Might not Know

Did you know the human brain is still largely not understood? Scientists know the basics of how it works and what the different lobes do, but that knowledge is a drop in the bucket compared to the ocean of what they don’t know. Did you know it’s the Year of the Brain?

The brain is a fascinating topic matter and a new frontier where scientists and systems need to concentrate more research and health policy initiatives in future. From FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorder to autism to Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and acquired brain injury, there are dozens of brain based neurological disorders begging to be understood, studied and perhaps cured. The brain has got to be a topic of concern and interest over the next decade or two as brain based disorders, even things like concussions continue to be more common and more diagnosed than ever before in history.

To highlight that, here are 5 brain facts that you might not know.

Brain Facts that will Blow Your Mind

These brain facts are mind blowing. The human mind is an astounding piece of biological machinery that continually amazes the scientists who study it. Our brain houses everything about us – our memories, our hopes, our dreams, some even think our soul, so it’s very interesting to learn new facts about it.

1: Your brain is a high octane machine.

The human brain only weighs about 1.36 kilograms, yet it uses 20% of the total blood and oxygen in the human body. This is one of the brain facts that I find particularly amazing. In a body weighing 90 kilograms, a 1.36 kilogram organ uses the lion’s share of all of the blood and oxygen in that body. Pretty incredible.

2: There’s a virus out there that makes people lose intelligence.

Seriously, there is. This virus attacks human DNA. This attack causes impaired brain activity, learning, and memory. This virus actually physically causes people to lose their brain power. That’s very sad and you can mark this down as one of the brain facts that freaks me out.

3: Your brain is a power plant.

When we are awake, our brains produce enough electricity to power a small light bulb. All of those firing neurons and all the other brainy stuff going on in our noggins gives off quite a bit of electricity. That’s pretty amazing!

4: You are a despot waiting to happen.

Wait. Don’t shoot the messenger. It’s true. It’s been scientifically proven that even a small dose of power over things or other people changes how a person’s brain operates. Specifically, it diminishes empathy. There’s one of the more fun brain facts for you. You have the potential to be a tyrant. I wonder why some of us resist that power…what do you suppose keeps that in check? )

5: You didn’t forget what you did. You just couldn’t remember it.

Was that confusing? Here’s one of my favorite brain facts because it is a bit bizarre. Alcohol doesn’t actually make you forget the crazy stuff you did when you got drunk. A blackout isn’t you forgetting what you did, it’s a period of time when your brain was so inundated with alcohol that it actually LOST its ability to create memories. So as confusing as it sounds, you didn’t forget what you did. You just couldn’t remember it.

Brain Facts are Fun!

I hope you enjoyed these brain facts as much as I did. I found these brain facts to be very interesting and informative. If you want to learn more fun brain facts, just hit the old search button on Google. There are a bazillion brain facts out there just waiting for you. In fact you could spend the rest of your life searching and researching and writing or reading about the brain. This post is just the tip of the iceberg.

Join Year of The Brain events and webinars via their YOTB web site and follow them on twitter.

There is also a conference happening in June in London, Ontario.

http://www.braininjurylondon.on.ca/uploads/conferencebooklet2015.pdf

This is NOT a sponsored post. I know my readers are interested in factual health information and brain injuries. I hope some of them will attend the year of the brain conference. We all benefit when people understand the brain better and learn how to work with and support people with brain diseases, impairments and injury.

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27 Comments

  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    I never knew any of those things! How interesting. I know there is a large portion of our brains we are not using.

    • Paula

      It is interesting how the brain works with the rest of the body and the fact we use so little of it is really odd.

  • Christy Maurer

    Brain facts are awesome! We love the TV show Brain Games. Your brain is an amazing thing. I didn’t know there was a virus that attacks your DNA. Wild! Thanks for the fun facts.

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    These are great brain facts. It is crazy how little we really know about our brains. I can only imagine what it would be like if we could use 100% of our brains.

  • Uplifting Families

    The brain is pretty incredible. As technology continues to improve, I’m sure we will learn more things that the human brain can do. I would love for them to even find cures for awful diseases. I have fibromyalgia and I’m considering donating my worn out body to science. I might as well because I sure wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

  • Donna Ward

    Yes I did enjoy this – thank you – I found each one very interesting and that alcohol in the brain can actually help it to lose its ability to create memories – that’s amazing and scary! Glad I don’t drink – hardly! 🙂

  • Nicole

    Who knew we were all secretly tyrants in lurking! The blacking out from alcohol and the virus that causes you to loose intelligence is so freakin’ scary!!

  • Nikki

    This was such a fun and interesting read! I do think we all have the potential to become tyrants. I think it’s actually our starting level of empathy that holds us back. Those who didn’t have much in the first place easily lose what little they have. Those who have a lot and value other people’s feelings would be less likely to become tyrants. Does that make sense?

  • Bonnie @ wemake7

    Wow those are pretty neat and scary brain facts. It’s one part of the body that is very interesting and I would love to know more about.

  • Jessica Simms

    These are some great facts! I had no idea there is a virus out there like this! I found it interesting to how you explained black outs, I’ve never had them but have known people who have claimed to have them.

  • Winter White

    Whoa that last brain fact just blew my mind! These are so cool! Can’t wait until science comes up with a way for us to use more of our brain. Have you seen the movie Lucy?

  • Miranda (myrabev)

    I love the brain it is definitely a fascinating piece of machinery that should be of great concern to all. So many neurological disease that we still do not understand

  • Lynndee

    I didn’t know it’s the year of the brain. Cool! Number five surely sounded confusing, huh? “You didn’t forget what you did. You just couldn’t remember it.” I will share this with the hubs. 😉

  • courtneyLynne

    Omg how neat! I never knew a year of the brain even existed lol…. The brain is such a mysterious thing to me!!

  • Rebecca Swenor

    The brain is a powerful thing and there is so much more we don’t know about it. I find your facts to be very interesting indeed and number 4 totally amazes me but you see it all the time. Thanks so much for sharing.