6 Interesting Facts You Should Know About The Human Brain

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Six interesting facts you should know about the brain

The study of the brain has an interesting history, it started in 2000 BC and is still ongoing. As our brain is an incredible organ, it still continues to mystify and baffle us through new findings. Recent uncovering’s by scientists and doctors has proven that our brain is capable of vast changes. A lot of money is being funneled into researching how it works because there are too many things unknown to us, but here’s a list of 5 things that will help you know a little more about what your brain can/cannot do.

1. Brain cannot multitask

We often get told multi-tasking is a good thing, but did you know that our brain is not capable of multi-tasking. When we think we're multitasking, we're actually context switching. This means we're rapidly swapping back and forth between different tasks rather than doing them at the same time. Brain Rules by John Medina clearly explains the detrimental effects of multitasking. Through years of scientific research it’s proven that it takes us twice as long to do things when we try to multitask as we're splitting our brain's resources. With less attention to do each task, there’s a high chance of performing worse on all of them. So next time, it’s better to complete one task at a time to achieve optimum results.

2. Introvert brain differs from the extrovert

The terms introvert and extrovert became popular in the early 20 century, but their meanings got confused between then and now, and most of us assumed that everyone either belongs to one camp or the other. However Carl Jung pointed out that these were the very extremes of a scale and most of us fall somewhere in the middle.

There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum – Carl Jung

Recent studies about the brain has shown that our genetic makeup has a lot to do with which tendencies are strongest in each of us. Introversion and extroversion relates to how we recharge our brain. While introverts lose energy from being around people for long periods of time and recharge by spending time alone. Extroverts gain energy from other people. Their energy is sapped when they spend too much time alone and their brain recharges by being social.

3. Brain loves flaws

Flaws make us real, they makes us whole and scientific research proves that making mistakes actually makes us more likeable. This is due to the pratfall effect.

Kevan Lee from Buffer blog says, “Those who never make mistakes are perceived as less likeable than those who commit the occasional faux pas. Messing up draws people closer to you, makes you more human. Perfection creates distance and an unattractive air of invincibility. Those of us with flaws win out every time.”

So now you know that it’s our flaws that make us human and more desirable.

4. Meditation can rewire the brain – literally!

Meditation is gaining popularity because it is therapeutic – it helps us calm our nerves, and improves our focus so we’re already convinced that’s a pretty damn good thing for us, but did you know that it also helps our brain in alarming ways. For instance, meditation literally can change our brain structurally and functionally. This process is called neuroplasticity and it enables us to control our thoughts and reactions in balanced way. Meditation can also create thicker cortical walls in the brain which improves your attention span and memory.

Our favourite part is that it’s scientifically proven that meditation has anti-aging capability – meaning it will tap into the telomeres of the human chromosomes leading to a long lasting youtful look. So next time you find some quiet space for yourself – try Headspace – a free app that will teach you how to approach meditation and lead a happier life.

5. Brain can distinguish touch and detect others mood

Have you wondered how ticklish you get when someone else touches your neck or stomach yet if you touched the same spot you won’t be able to tickle yourself? Tickling activates the part of our brain that makes us laugh hysterically but it anticipates pain – hence we often lash out at someone after being tickled for a while. Additionally, it’s proven that the laughter from being tickled is part of a defence mechanism to signal submissiveness. This also explains why you cannot tickle yourself because your brain can distinguish itself between unexpected external touch and your own touch and it is aware that there is no need to produce a response to the action.

Another interesting aspect about the brain is that it enables us to determine if someone is in a good mood, is feeling sad, or is angry.  All this is possible just by reading the other person's face. You can easily detect this because a small area in your brain called the amygdala is responsible for your ability to read someone else’s face for clues to how they are feeling.

6. Starvation can lead your brain to self-cannibalism

If you’ve had trouble sticking to a diet, this fact about the human brain will teach you that it may not be entirely your fault.

When you starve yourself of calories, your brain cells also starve, causing your neurons to begin eating parts of themselves for energy. Your brain cells will cannibalise themselves as a last ditch source of energy to ward off starvation.  This self-cannibalism in our brain cranks up hunger signals. So in very real ways dieting can force your brain to eat itself. Now you have another reason to get off fad diets!

 So treat your body kindly and your brain will react in wondrous way. There’s an exhaustive list of facts about the human brain, but these were our top 5 picks. If you have a favourite which is not on our list, we’d love to hear.

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