Most people don’t often think of their brains but it’s the most amazing organ in the body. Every thought and feeling we have occurs in the brain, pain in the body is registered by the brain, and simple things like reading a book entirely rely on it. People have been studying the brain for thousands of years, although for most of those years researchers had no idea what they were looking at.
USHEALTH Group released an article to share just how awe-inspiring our brains are. In 1993, an organization was founded just to research and celebrate it. This is the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. It is now a global organization that has more than 600 members. Their goal is to spread information about this organ in a way that regular people can understand.
This organization hosts events throughout the year. Among their events in the United States are the New York City Regional Brain Bee Competition and Cognitive Fitness at Work. Their biggest annual events take place during Brain Awareness Week. This annual event was established in 1996 and now thousands of organizations are taking part. The events are held in 44 U.S. states and 42 other nations.
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Each organization recognizes Brain Awareness Week in their own way. This can include social media campaigns, library displays, open-houses at neuroscience labs, and workshops held at universities, among other events.
USHEALTH Group shared some fun facts about the human brain. For example, it weighs just three pounds on average. 75% of this weight is water. This explains why keeping hydrated is so important for brain health. By the time an infant has reached age one, their brains have tripled in size. It grows until the teenage years and then starts to shrink later in life.
There is evidence that as far back as the Stone Age people were attempting to perform brain surgery. When the Egyptians would prepare a body to be mummified, they pulled the person’s brain out through their nose.
About 20% of the blood and oxygen in the body is used by the brain. It contains around 100 billion neurons. Signals between these neurons can occur at speeds of up to 250 miles per hour.
It is commonly thought that people only use 10% of their brains. This isn’t true at all. Even when someone is sleeping, the brain is using 10% of its size. Most of the brain is used at some point every day.