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Brain Trivia

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somanathan Iyer

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A very interesting article by Alexys Fairfield in her soul meets world series.


People who ride on roller coasters have a higher chance of having a blood clot in the brain.


The human brain has about 100 billion neurons.

Unconsciousness will occur after 8-10 seconds after loss of blood supply to the brain.

There are 12 pairs of cranial nerves and 31 pairs of spinal nerves.

There are about 13,500,00 neurons in the human spinal cord.

A human brain generates more electrical impulses in a single day than all of the world's telephones put together.

Our bodies are recreating themselves constantly - we make a skeleton every 3months, new skin every month.

We are capable of reversing the aging process. We have a a whole pharmacy within us. We can create any drug inside us.

The brain cannot process a negative command or statement? If you say to your child "be careful, don't spill your milk," as they carry the glass of milk across the kitchen, the child has to actually think of spilling the milk so that it can take the necessary action not to do it. We tend to get what we focus on, so by the child thinking of spilling milk that is what happens. So ask for what you want, not for what you don't want.

One of the biggest destroyers of memory is stress. When you are stressed you release high levels of cortisol into your bloodstream. One of the ways that cortisol affects you is that it destroys glucose - the brain's only source of food. So if your brain is not getting the nutrients it needs then it will not function as well.

All the literature that has ever been written in the modern English language consists of patterns of only 26 letters.

All the paintings ever made are patterns of only three primary colors.

All the music ever written consists of patterns of no more than 12 notes.

All the arithmetical expressions we know consists of only 10 symbols.

And for the vast computations of digital computers, everything is made up of patterns of only two components.

So whenever we speak of something as being "new," we are really talking about original patterns of already existing components.

On average we remember, 20% of what we read, 30% of what we hear, 40% of what we see, 50% of what we say, 60% of what we do, and 90% of what we see, hear, say and do.

The eyes can take in information in one five hundredth (1/500th) of a second. That means that if you read one word at a time you can read 500 in a second which gives you a reading speed of 30,000 words a minute! Now it is not quite as simple as that but whatever speed you are reading at now, you can do it much, much faster.

If you take a Cray Computer (one of the largest computers in the world) and measure its wiring, it has about 60,000 miles in total. If you take the brain and look at it in those terms, it has over 200,000 miles of wiring!

The brain is about the size of two clenched fists and weighs about 3 pounds (1.4 kilograms) and contains 1000 trillion trillion (yes trillion twice) protein molecules.

Baroque music (mainly composed 1700-1750) produces exactly the right frequency and sound to harmonize the functioning of the brain and produce a state of calm relaxed alertness. That is why accelerated learning techniques introduce music into the learning process.

When we create a memory, a pathway is created between our brain cells. It is like clearing a path through a dense forest. The first time that we do it, we have to fight our way through the undergrowth. If we don't travel that path again, very quickly it will become overgrown and we may not even realize that you have been down that path.

Successive journeys down that path mean that eventually our track will turn into a footpath, which will turn into a lane, which will turn into a road, and into a motor way and so on. It is the same with your memory: the more times that we repeat patterns of thought when learning new information, the more likely we will be able to recall that information. So repetition is a key part of learning.

It is only in the last 500 years or so that mankind has realized that the brain was located in the skull. Previously, it was thought that the brain was located in near the heart and stomach because that was where direct experience of the physical manifestation of mental activity was felt.

Usually there are no disparities in general intelligence between the sexes, a 2005 University of California, Irvine study has found significant differences in brain areas conducive to how men and women manifest their intelligence.

Different types of brain designs are capable of producing equivalent intellectual performances. The study shows that women possess more white matter, while men have more gray matter related to intellectual skill; revealing that no single neuroanatomical structure determines general intelligence.

Men have approximately 6.5 times the amount of gray matter related to general intelligence than women, and women have nearly 10 times the amount of white matter related to intelligence than men. Gray matter represents information processing centers in the brain, and white matter represents the networking of – or connections between – these processing centers.

A 2005 University of Southern California study has found the first proof of structural brain abnormalities in people who habitually lie, cheat and manipulate others.

While previous research has shown that there is heightened activity in the prefrontal cortex – the area of the brain that enables most people to feel remorse or learn moral behavior – when normal people lie, this is the first study to provide evidence of structural differences in that area among pathological liars.

Pathological liars can't always tell truth from falsehood and contradict themselves. They are manipulative, brazen and admit that they prey on people.

Aside from having histories of conning others or using aliases, the habitual liars also admitted to malingering, or telling falsehoods to obtain sickness benefits.

Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging to explore structural brain differences, the liars had significantly more "white matter" and slightly less "gray matter" than those they were measured against. More white matter – the wiring in the brain – may provide liars with the tools necessary to master the complex art of deceit.

Pathological liars have have highly verbal skills and are able to understand the mindset of the other person, while suppressing their own emotions to pull it off manipulation.

Though we lose brain cells from aging, even the aging brain is capable of generating new cells (neurogenesis.) This capacity for neurogenesis, when combined with the brain's proven ability to change its structure and function in response to external stimuli, leads to the significant finding that cognitive function can be improved at virtually any stage in life.

Improving your cognitive function increases your ability to; process information; quickly; complete more decision cycles per fixed unit of time; perform multiple tasks simultaneously (multi-tasking); retrieve old information more rapidly; learn new information more easily; concentrate in the presence of distractions; faster physical reflexes and sharper visual discrimination (the messages sent from our eyes are interpreted and assembled by the region of the brain called the visual cortex.)

Cherish your cognitive abilities by having a good diet and exercise habits to reduce the likelihood that you'll develop high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, all of which can decrease blood flow to your brain.

Using tobacco products generates free radicals that impair the message transfer process (neuron to neuron) within the brain. Abuse of alcohol not only impairs the message transfer process in the same manner as smoking, but also causes the destruction of brain cells.

Stress causes your body to pump out increased levels of the hormone cortisol. Excessive cortisol levels can lead to the destruction of neurons in the hippocampus (the learning and memory center of the brain.)

Recent studies have shown that there is a targeted and effective way to improve your brain processing speed - the use of highly interactive mental challenges called Elementary Cognitive Tasks (ECT.)

These ECTs, also known as Brain Speed Training Exercises, provide a vigorous brain workout by isolating the specific region of the brain that you are exercising.

By pushing yourself to respond as rapidly as you can to the random stimuli contained in the exercise, you increase the delivery of oxygen, blood flow, and various critical amino acids to that particular brain region. The end result is more neurons, more neural connections and increased brain processing speed.

Interesting suff isn't it?
Have a braingasmic weekend everyone.

Learn something, do something great, make a memory that will last a lifetime.
 
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