Facts about the Brain

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Did you Know? List of Interesting Facts about the Brain
Facts are statements which are held to be true and often contrasted with opinions and beliefs. Our unusual and interesting facts about the Brain, trivia and information, including some useful statistics will fascinate everyone from kids and children to adults.

Interesting Facts about the Brain are as follows:

  • Fact 1 - The human brain consists of approx 100 billion neurons

  • Fact 2 - Definition: The brain is the center of the nervous system, continuous with the spinal cord and enclosed and protected by the skull. It is composed of cells called neurons and glia and is the control center of the body. It makes us think, see, hear, feel and taste enables us to:
    • Learn
    • Move
    • Create
    • Breath
    • Feel emotions
  • Fact 3 - The main parts of the brain are the:
    • Cerebrum
    • Cerebellum
    • Brain stem
    • Pituitary gland
    • Hypothalamus
  • Fact 4 - The brain uses 20% of the body's energy, but it makes up only 2% of the body's weight
  • Fact 5 - In humans, the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, whilst the left side controls the right side of he body
  • Fact 6 - The Cerebrum is the biggest part and controls muscles enabling movement and the higher mental functions such as consciousness, thought, reason, emotion, and memory
  • Fact 7 - The Cerebellum controls balance for walking and standing, and other complex motor functions
  • Fact 8 - Brain stem controls functions such as heart rate and breathing
  • Fact 9 - The Pituitary gland makes hormones that control other glands and many body functions including growth
  • Fact 10 - The Hypothalamus is responsible for control of hormone secretion and controls many bodily functions including sleep, thirst, hunger, body temperature, survival instincts and sex drive
  • Fact 11 - The structure of the brain changes each time we learn, have a new thought or memory
  • Fact 12 - Unconsciousness will occur after 8-10 seconds after loss of blood supply to the brain
  • Fact 13 - The brain can stay alive for 4 - 6 minutes without oxygen before the cells begin die
  • Fact 14 - It is estimated that the brain 'thinks' on 70,000 occasions every day
  • Fact 15 - There are no pain receptors in the brain, so it can feel no pain

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