Graeme Newell

Brain Facts - 10% of Brain

Proof of Your Brain’s Awesomeness:
Sixty percent of your brain is fat. It’s the fattiest organ in your body because fatty acids are crucial for its performance.

Your brain operates at a speed of 1 exaFLOP, that’s the equivalent of a billion billion calculations per second.

Believe it or not, a brain freeze has a name: sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. When cold hits the receptors in the outer covering of the brain, it causes a dilation and narrowing of arteries. This can bring on the rapid-onset of a headache.

Your brain isn’t fully developed until around age 25.

Brain development starts at the back of the brain and works its way forward. Because of this, your frontal lobes, the part of your brain that control higher reasoning like planning and impulse control, are the last to fully develop. This is why young people are so impulsive.

Your brain’s storage capacity is a bigger number than most of us can comprehend. Although estimates vary, researchers believe your brain consists of about 86 billion neurons.

Information travels through your brain at a speedy 268 miles per hour.

Your brain weighs about three pounds. A piece of brain tissue the size of a grain of sand contains 100,000 neurons and 1 billion synapses.

Your brain can generate about 23 watts of power. That’s enough to power a small lightbulb.