12 Interesting Facts About the Brain

1. There are no pain receptors in the brain, so the brain can feel no pain.

2. Your skin weighs twice as much as your brain

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

4. There is a class of people known as supertasters who not only have more taste buds on the tongue, but whose brain is more sensitive to the tastes of foods and drinks. In fact, they can detect some flavors that others cannot.

5. Memories triggered by scent have a stronger emotional connection , therefore appear more intense than other memory triggers.

6. Some people (about 12%) dream only in black and white while others dream in color.

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

8. Harvard maintains a Brain Bank where over 7,000 human brains are store for research purposes.

9. According to a study by Bristol-Myers Squibb, accountants have the highest incidence of on-the-job headaches, followed by librarians, then bus and truck drivers.

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

11. Juggling has shown to change the brain in as little as seven days. The study indicates that learning new things helps the brain to change very quickly.

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

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