Amazing Brain Facts for Conversations: Understanding Our Great Gift
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Why You Need Facts
One of the major objections that parents face is the self-limiting beliefs your child can hold about their own capabilities to learn hard things.
If you have heard statements like, “I’m not smart enough to learn math,” or “This subject is too hard!” or “I wish I was smart like so and so,” then you should recognize you need some supporting information to counter these points of view. Use these points as talking points to counter negativity.
Many adults and children lose sight of the fact that we have been given a great gift of the human brain. It has so many powerful capabilities – if we just learn to use it properly.
Take some of this information and use it make the point that your child is highly capable and has the tools to learn anything, with practice and hard work.
How to Use Brain Facts
This information can be part of a two-step conversation with your child about learning. It will help you have a conversation with your child on how powerful his or her brain really is. Use this information to point out the great gift they have in their brain.
Follow these steps to have this constructive conversation:
- Read this and select facts and key points you will use
- Jot down – What are my major points?
- Hold a short family conversation on the Great Gift We Have
- Turn these into a fun family quiz – ask questions one at a time
Make your point about the Great Gift – Then ask good questions about why your child thinks he or she is struggling when they have such a powerful brain
Facts the Support the Great Gift You Have
- There are about 100 billion tiny, tiny little cells in our brains called neurons. There are so many that it would take you over 3,000 years to count them all.
- An adult human brain weighs around 3 pounds.
- The brain might account for only about three percent of your body weight, but it needs about 30 percent of the blood being pumped by your heart. . It uses allot of energy. This shows how much attention and support it requires in comparison to the other important areas of your body.
- Your brain’s storage capacity is unlimited – the brain’s storage does not get used up like the data storage of a computer. There is endless brainpower.
- Your brain has enough power and memory to store over 3 million entire TV shows.
- There are neurons in your brain that tell everything what to do. They send more messages than all the phones in the entire world.
- The neurons send all that crazy info to your brain at more than 150 miles per hour. That is the same speed that a bullet train can reach…seriously fast. But if you need to act quickly motor neurons can send information at more than 200 miles per hour.
- It takes your brain about 1/10,000th of a second to respond to something and generate an action.
- Neuroplasticity means your brain has the ability to reorganize and grow itself throughout your lifetime – a truly remarkable thing. One study by the University of Montreal, compared the brain activity of individuals who were born blind and those who had normal vision. They found that the part of the brain that’s normally wired to work with our eyes can instead rewire itself to process sound information instead of visual perception.
- More electrical impulses are generated in one day by a single human brain than by all the telephones in the world
- Have you ever heard the fact that we only use 10% of our brain’s capacity? Well this is actually not true! Every single part of our brain does something. Your brain is constantly working.
- Your brain is even learning when you sleep. When you sleep, your brain consolidates and organizes information that you have learned during the day. That’s why you should read or study a subject just before you go to bed – so you can learn while you sleep!
- The brain acts very similar to a muscle. You can build up your ‘cognitive reserve,’ or your brain’s innate ability to get a job done, through different types of learning and or through new experiences. Learning improves brain capacity.
- You actually have about 70,000 thoughts each day! Wow. What in the world are we all thinking about?
- Your brain has 100,000 miles worth of blood vessels – enough to circle Earth approximately four times.
- Your brain consumes about 25 watts of power while you’re awake – enough energy to illuminate a lightbulb!
- According to computer scientists at Stanford University, a robot with a processor that is virtually as intelligent as the human brain (which does not exist) would require at least 10 megawatts of electricity to operate properly. That enough to power over 1600 homes at once!
- And the brain works fast, too—so fast that it’s speedier than the world’s greatest computer. “The information going to your brain from your arms and legs travels at 150 miles per hour.”
- Your brain has two hemispheres – left for analytical thoughts and right for creative thoughts.
- Have you ever noticed that it doesn’t tickle if you try and tickle yourself? It seems weird as you’re doing the same thing somebody else would. Well that amazing brain actually knows your touch from somebody else – which is why it doesn’t tickle. You can see why the brain is more powerful than any super powered computer.
- The biggest part of the brain is the cerebrum, which makes up 85% of the brain’s weight. The cerebrum is the thinking part of the brain and it controls your voluntary muscles.
- Foods that keep your brain healthy include: fish, blueberries, nuts & seeds, green vegetables such as broccoli and Brussel sprouts.
- The majority of your brain cells aren’t neurons – for all the neurons in the brain, there are at least as many glial cells that support and protect these neurons. “These microscopic unsung heroes make sure neurons have a constant supply of nutrients and oxygen, insulate neurons from each other, and even help clean up after neural damage. They even help optimize communication between neurons.”
- If you’re left handed or can write with both hands a part of the brain called the corpus callosum, which acts like a bridge between both sides of the brain, is 11% larger than people who are right handed.
- Einstein’s brain was about the same size as a normal brain.
- Grandmaster chess players, the highest rating for chess, test around average IQ. What makes them so smart is the skills and knowledge they have acquired.