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10 Brain Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

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By Katy Sommerfeld

The brain is a mysterious organ that controls everything we perceive. All our senses, thoughts, and emotions are analyzed by our brains. Neurologists still don’t know everything about what the brain controls and how it works.

In many ways, the brain is the last frontier.

There are so many interesting things to learn about how our brains function. Below we’ve gathered 10 fascinating brain facts that will shock, surprise, and educate you. Learn on!

 

  1. Your brain weighs around three pounds. 

  2. If you study for a test in the exam room, you will likely do better on the test than if you studied in another place. 

  3. The brain gets 20% of the blood and oxygen produced by the body.

  4. The blood vessels within the brain would equal around 100,000 miles in length if they were spread out end to end.

  5. Your brain is around the size of both your fists side by side.

  6. The brain is plastic, meaning that it can change due to genetics and experiential circumstances. This discovery is often attributed to the case of Phineas Gage, whose personality changed drastically after being impaled in the frontal lobe with a large iron rod.

  7. About 75% of the brain is made up of water.

  8. Headaches are caused by chemical reactions in the brain combined with tension in the muscles and nerves of your head and neck.

  9. Cholesterol is key component to learning and memory.

  10. Scent is a powerful memory trigger for your brain.


Did you learn something new? You can thank your brain!

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