11 Things You Didn’t Know About The Human Brain

As we get our brains in gear for ABC Television’s new series, Redesign My Brain with Todd Sampson, here are 11 things you may not know about the human brain:

1. 1.The human brain is about 2% of your total body weight but uses 20% of your body’s energy

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2. 2.It’s the fattest organ in the body and may consist of at least 60% fat

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3. 3.There are 100,000 miles of blood vessels in your brain

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4. 4.The brain is made up of about 75% water

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5. 5.An estimated 70,000 thoughts are produced on an average day

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6. 6.It’s not true that humans only use 10% of their brains; each part of the brain has a purpose

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7. 7.Because your brain shuts off the visual cortex signal very briefly every time your eyes move, you’re blind for 2 hours a day

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8. 8.About 12% of people dream in black and white

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9. 9.When you sleep, you’re virtually paralysed and prevented from acting out your dreams

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10. 10.Supertasters have more taste buds and a brain that’s more sensitive to tastes of foods and drinks

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11. 11.A 60 year old can have the brain of 40 year old – they just need to train

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