If you haven’t already gotten to know about that glorious 3 pounds or so between your ears, that thing that is responsible for everything you are, feel, and will be, then here might be a great place to start.
Different parts of the brain are responsible for all those things you feel, and maybe take for granted. Things like fear, love, self-esteem, pride, guilt, anger, hope, memories, and happiness all rely on different and sometimes overlapping parts of the brain.
For example, love is managed by the same part of the brain that manages stress. The “anxiety” of falling in love releases hormones like dopamine, oxytocin, and vasopressin, which are also the hormones of happiness.
The limbic cortex plays a central role in happiness, but also takes on duties associated with mood, judgment, and motivation. And while the hippocampus manages memories, how you make, manage, and retrieve them, it also helps with everything from navigation to conflict management.
- First, about that 3 pounds? The average human brain is actually slightly larger, at 3.3lbs.
- Are male brains bigger? Apparently yes, just slightly, but we won’t make any comments other than brain size is not believed to correlate with intelligence.
- The brain is really a collection of fat, water, and a 100 billion or so neurons.
- A part of the brain that helps set us apart from other animals is the cerebral cortex, responsible for complex thought.
- What also sets human intelligence apart from other animals is that human brains have more neurons. The more neurons in the brain, the greater the capacity for growth.
- The left side of the brain controls all the muscles on the right side of the body, and the right side controls all the muscles on the left side.
- Hormones and brain chemicals play a leading role in how we feel and behave, and especially chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline, and cortisol.
- The first brain surgery has been traced back to the Stone Age.
- The human brain stops growing at around 18 to 25 years old and starts to get smaller around middle age.
- Using only 10% of our brain is a myth. We use all of it.
- Cholesterol plays a key role in learning and memory.
- Your brain uses 20% of the oxygen and blood in your body.
- Fathead is correct. Your brain is the fattiest organ in the body, comprising around 60% fat.
- It’s suspected that one of the reasons we forget things as we get older is because the brain simply runs out of processing power.
- You can exercise and train your brain, to improve cognitive function, the ability to figure things out, and improve your memory.
- Your brain likes a good diet. Certain foods are great for brain health and growth, others will hold you back.
- The brain’s capacity for learning is considered limitless. The more you learn, the more the brain is able to learn.