Some people say that we only use 10 to 20 % of our brain, and some people say it isn’t true. Well, I don’t know if it’s true or not, but what I do know is that the human brain is an incredible and extremely complex machine that can accomplish fascinating things.
Our brain: the conductor
This extraordinary organ controls everything that happens in our body, and it works really hard to achieve it. We could compare it to a conductor who directs the performance of his musicians who, in this analogy, are the other organs.
The brain: the amazing creation
Today, with all the technology available to us, we often forget that the most sophisticated tool ever created is actually in our skull. As a matter of fact, our brain is often compared to a computer, with an average of 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day and the fact that the information in the brain travels at 268 miles per hour.
Another surprising info is that the brain feels no pain at all. This is probably why awake brain surgery (also called awake craniotomy) is possible. Pain is only suffered while opening the skull to expose the brain.
It’s not the size that counts
And don’t be too proud about the size of your brain. How many wrinkles you have on the surface of your brain are far more important that its size, as it’s generally believed.
The brain wrinkles are, in fact, ridges (called gyri) and crevices (called sulci). And did you know that if we unfolded all of those ridges and crevices, the brain would actually be the size of a pillowcase? Yes, this is true.
The surface of the brain, called cerebral cortex, is where 100 billion neurons reside and each neuron is connected to other neurons. Information is transported by these neurons to operate this incredible work of art that is the human body.
Brainology: facts you probably didn’t know
There is much more interesting information about the human brain and EyeCandy Infographic designed this infographic below to share with us more amazing facts about brainology (the study of the brain). After all, infographics are food for thought and that’s the right way to take care of the most powerful tool there is: our brain.
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