Our brain is powerful and mysterious. It performs simple, routine tasks everyday. It can create entertaining music and art, construct compelling stories, and solve intricate problems and equations. Weighing in at approximately 3 pounds, our brain is our most important asset.
Here’s some “thought-provoking” points about the brain from Laura Helmuth in the July/August 2012 Smithsonian Magazine. In it you’ll discover that your brain can store more than computers, that it doesn’t require a lot energy to work, that chewing gum messes with your recall, and that chimpanzees can remember more than most people.
I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells. ~Dr. Seuss
Somehow, the brain is greater than the sum of its parts
100: Number, in billions, of neurons in a human brain
100: Estimated number, in terabytes, of information it can store
1: Estimated number, in terabytes, of information a typical desktop computer can store
2: Percentage of the body’s weight represented by the brain
20: Percentage of the body’s energy used by the brain
95: Number of diagnoses in the 1952 DSM-I, the first edition of psychiatry’s manual for diagnosing mental illnesses
283: Number of diagnoses in the 2011 DSM-IV-TR, the most recent edition
303: Highest number of random digits memorized at the 2012 USA Memory Championship
10: Approximate percentage drop, in one study, in the accurate recall of random letters as a result of chewing gum
50: Percentage of times that human volunteers successfully recalled a sequence of five numbers presented briefly on a computer screen
80: Percentage of times that a chimpanzee named Ayumu succeeded at the same task
What does this all mean? It appears to me that we carry around in our heads a very powerful, yet little-used tool. Maybe we should exercise and work our brains more. Call it mental workouts. We should be smart and manage our brains better – it’s our most important asset!
Here’s a few sources to help you with your brain workout: