1. A tired brain is more creative
To perform difficult, intricate tasks your mind needs to filter out all the distractions and work independently. This is preferable during the early hours of the day. However, after an exhausting day, your brain loses its ability to work intently and tends to pay attention to every stray thought. You get more insightful and innovative by grasping more than required from the surrounding. No doubt, so many inventions were made in bathtubs and showers, relaxing after a tedious day.
2. Light a 10-watt light bulb
If a bulb was to be lighted from your brain’s energy, it will glow with a power of 30-watts to 35-watts. The brain continuously produces energy with a minimum of 10-watt while you are asleep. With so much of thinking, creating, manipulating and comprehending the brain is known to be more efficient than the best of the supercomputers we have.
3. Child abuse (physical and moral) can dissuade brain growth
Maltreatment in early childhood years can lead to problems like anxiety, personality disorder, depression well into adulthood. It inhibits the growth of that part of the brain which is responsible for emotion regulation and retaining memory. Instances of depression are twice as likely in people who have a history of adverse childhood experience.
4. Multi-tasking? Definitely not it’s piece of cake!
The common belief that the brain multitask is fallacious. The brain only “context-switches” between jobs and uses up a lot of brainpower while doing so. To perform two tasks at a time, the brain swiftly switches between them, giving an impression of multitasking. It can never perform two tasks simultaneously. In doing two or more tasks at the same time, accuracy and efficiency are jeopardized.
5. Reviving memories can do good to it
Can’t recall the taste of a particular fruit you had last? Pushing your brain into reviving an old memory helps develop new neuronal connections, hence expanding our mind. The mere effort of recalling something helps our brain a great deal in developing.
6. Jet-lags can affect these powerhouse
It can cause memory impairment. Chronic jet-lag triggers stress hormones, which can make the brain ‘smaller’. Researches show that the ‘hippocampus’, the part responsible for building memories, shrank when exposed to stressful conditions. Their cellular development is hampered and can cause PSTD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). A continuous shift in sleep cycles and stress, with no time to recuperate, damages brain cells.
7. Read aloud and avoid watching T.V. soaps
Oral storytelling and reading to infants have shown to contribute to a child’s later reading and literacy achievements. These activities are ‘cerebrally’ engaging and foster child imagination to stem in new areas. Reading aloud on a daily basis, to a kid helps him develop and strengthen connections within his brain promoting better brain health. While watching television for 15,000 hours creates brain activity of only about 3o minutes and molds the brain in a damaging way.
8. Introvert or an extrovert? Let the brain decide
Genetics has a small hand in deciding our nature of introversion or extroversion. But, the behavior of the dopamine system in our brain, which affects learning abilities, is largely responsible for this inclination. A similar simulation will be processed in a very different manner in an introvert than an extrovert. An extrovert tends to react to an emotional stimulation more quickly and intensely which might be overwhelming for an introvert.
9. Perfection makes you less likable
Committing small human mistakes makes us more reachable and amicable. People who are downright perfect tend to be disliked or feared by their peers. Trivial blunders now and again helps people connect among themselves. This is due to the Pratfall Effect, which says that a person who is clumsy and funny is preferred by people over someone who is astute and faultless. Their attractiveness is accounted to the fact that mistakes are a part of human behavior but it has to be in an unimportant area to avoid doubts of inefficiency.
10. Ambidexterity and left-handedness mean relatively larger corpus callosum
Both the brain hemispheres are equally balanced in ambidextrous and left-handed people. They have a corpus callosum that is 15% larger than right-handed people. Corpus callosum bridges the gap between the two halves of the brain. It might also mean they have a better memory.
11. “Time and tide wait for none.” Trick your brain into thinking, it does!
Greater attention leads to a perception of a longer period of time. When you are hearing our favorite soundtrack, our senses apprehend very accurately and time seems to elongate. When the brain has lots of information to process, it’s tricked into believing that time is moving slowly. When we are going through familiar data, our brain needs not to undergo as much exertion as it would otherwise, hence time seems to pass at a quicker rate. This is the reason, why a life-threatening or a risky situation doesn’t seem to come to an end!