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Things You Didn't Know about your Brain

Thursday, August 30, 2007

For several centuries, the mysteries of the brain have left scientists hanging -- trying to explain the powerful functions of the brain and the things it can do. Even now, they're still trying to figure out how information is coded in the brain, or how memories are stored and retrieved from the nerve cells or neurons of the brain. Nobody knows the answers.... yet. Anyway, here are the interesting things you didn't know about your brain:

  • You have a fat head: Neuron cell membranes are made from fatty acids. (LOL!)
  • Even though our bodies weigh about the same, our brains are 10 times heavier than a sheep’s.
  • The brains of 2-year-olds consume twice as much energy as do adult brains. (Wow, does that mean kids use their brains much more than adults do?)
  • Antidepressants such as Prozac stimulate the growth of new neurons in the brain. So does exercise. (Oh crap, I need to exercise then...)
  • From birth, the brain matures from back to front. With aging, it degenerates in the opposite pattern.

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