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9 facts you didn't knew about your brain

By Jasper16 August 2018


9 Facts you didn't know about your brain 

Everyone knows how enormously important our brain is, our brain is one of the most important organs of our body. But how does our brain actually work? A lot of people don’t know the parts the brain consists of and their functions yet, this is not surprising because the brain is one of the most complex organs of our body. In addition, our brain becomes more complex through evolution every day.

There are probably a lot of things that you do not know about your own brain yet. To create an image of the brain, we give 9 special and interesting facts below:

  • Your brain has about 86 billion neurons, which are cells of the nervous system. Neurons are responsible for receiving and transmitting nerve impulses;

  • The brain of an adult woman weighs about 1.3 kg, the brain of an adult male weighs 1.5 kg. Unfortunately for the men, the weight of the brain does not say anything about its intelligence;

  • Your brain exists for about 2% of your body weight but uses up to 25% of daily your total energy requirement;

  • Every day we lose 85,000 neurons (cells), that is 1 cell per second, or 31 million cells per year;

  • Fortunately, we continue to create new connections throughout our lives. Every time you recall a memory or have a new thought, you make new connections in your brain;

  • The creation of new cells by mental activity is called neuroplasticity;

  • There are no pain receptors in your brain, this means your brain can not feel any pain itself;

  • There are about 150,000 kilometres of blood vessels in your brain. If you put this one after the other it is almost 4 times the complete circumference of the earth!

  • While you are awake, your brain generates 10 to 23 watts of energy. That is enough energy to make a low-energy light bulb shine.

As mentioned in this list, your brain makes a new connection every time you recall or have new thoughts. Your brain also makes new cells through mental activities, this means your brain can be trained. Want to know more about how you can train your brain? Read it in our article or view our brain games.