Interesting and Obscure Details about the Human Brain

The human brain is one of the most important organs in the human body. It controls all the functions of the human body such as reasoning, thinking etc. It is also the reason why we can process information. Following are some obscure facts about the human brain.

  • The Cerebellar vermis is a part of the brain and its name is derived from Latin, meaning “worm.”
  • 75% of the brain comprises water. Therefore, dehydration has significant negative effects on the functions of the brain.
  • The sperm whale has the largest brain among all the vertebrates and it weighs over 17 pounds (7.8 kilograms). In contrast, the human brain weighs only 1500 grams (average).
  • The human brain continues to grow until 18 years of age, and it grows twice its size in the first year of life.
  • A human brain contains one hundred billion neurons.
  • The myth that we use only 10% of our brain is false. If fact, we use more than 10% of our brain even during sleep.
  • Dreams are proof that our brain is active even when we are asleep (brainstem to cortex). They are a combination of psychological and neurological factors and imagination.
  • Our brain does not feel pain. It just interprets the pain signals sent to it.
  • The human brain begins losing some of its memory in the late 20s.
  • The human brain gets smaller as we grow older.
  • It is one of the “fattiest” organs in the human body amounting to 60% of fat.
  • The brain gets only 20% of the blood and oxygen supply from our body.
  • Research shows that video games improve cognitive abilities.

The average brain is only 15 cm long but controls the functions of the entire human body. Thus, we can see how fascinating our human brain can be.

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