Wednesday, June 29, 2011

More Brain Fact To Digest

It is estimated that between 50-70% of visits to the doctor for physical ailments are attributed to psychological factors.

Every time you recall a memory or have a new thought, you are creating a new connection in your brain.

While you sleep, your body produces a hormone that may prevent you from acting out your dreams, leaving you virtually paralyzed.

Each time we blink, our brain kicks in and keeps things illuminated so the whole world doesn’t go dark every single time we blink (about 20,000 times a day).

The average number of thoughts that humans are believed to experience each day is 70,000.
There are no pain receptors in the brain, so the brain can feel no pain.

A stimulating environment for a child can make the difference between a 25% greater ability to learn or 25% less in an environment with little stimulation.

While awake, your brain generates between 10 and 23 watts of power–or enough energy to power a light bulb.

Excessive stress has shown to alter brain cells, brain structure and brain function.

Oxytocin, one of the hormones responsible for triggering feelings of love in the brain, has shown some benefits to helping control repetitive behaviors in those with autism.

You can’t tickle yourself because your brain distinguished between unexpected external touch and your own touch.

A small area in the brain called the amygdala is responsible for your ability to read someone else’s face for clues to how they are feeling.

Scientists have discovered that men and women’s brains react differently to pain, which explains why they may perceive or discuss pain differently.

Women tend to take longer to make a decision, but are more likely to stick with the decision, compared to men, who are more likely to change their mind after making a decision.

Researchers have discovered that those experiencing the blues are more willing to spend more money in an attempt to alleviate their sadness.

As those who invest in dream dictionaries can attest, dreams almost never represent what they actually are. The unconscious mind strives to make connections with concepts you will understand, so dreams are largely symbolic representations.

Laughing at a joke is no simple task as it requires activity in five different areas of the brain.

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