Paid PostPosted on Jan 4, 201613 Weird Things You Didn't Know About Your BrainThey have thoughts and feelings too.by Drink NeuroBrand PublisherFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. They're pretty demanding. Andrew Rich / Getty Images The brain consumes 20% of our total energy expenditure. This means that a person with a basal metabolic rate of 1,300 calories has 260 of those consumed just by the brain. This is a huge amount considering that the brain only accounts for 2% of our body weight. 2. They are crappy multitaskers. JFB / Getty Images Our brains can't focus on two things at once, so when we multitask, we're asking our brains to jump back and forth between two stimuli. Studies have found that the older we get, the harder our brain has to work to multitask. 3. They tend to skew negative. Nick Dolding / Getty Images We have 50,000–70,000 thoughts per day. Out of all those thoughts, 60% of them are negative. Further studies on this "negativity bias" have also found that once the brain has viewed something negatively, it's incredibly difficult for us to (literally) change our mind. 4. Our brains have a filter for useless information. drbimages / Getty Images The area of the brain known as the thalamus is in charge of relaying information gathered by our senses to the cerebral cortex. An area of the thalamus, the reticular nucleus, is in charge of preventing irrelevant information (i.e. the sound of someone next to you squeaking their chair, distant conversations, traffic noise etc.) from distracting you. 5. They cannot register pain. Archive Holdings Inc. / Getty Images While the brain houses all of our pain receptors, there are no nerves in the brain itself. Therefore, the brain cannot feel pain. 6. They could charge a cell phone. Richard Newstead / Getty Images Our brains generate about 12.5 watts per second. Most cell phone chargers charge at 10–12 watts. 7. Our brains use dreams to solve problems. Ed Bossick / Getty Images There's a reason that famous songs, scientific breakthroughs, and story ideas are credited with coming to their creators in a dream. Our brains use dreams to rearrange our thoughts and solve our problems. 8. They are more creative in the shower. Domveek Markkstym / Getty Images Shower thoughts exist due to a phenomenon known as incubation. The shower is the perfect mixture of mindless tasks, relaxation and lack of stimulus that allows our subconscious problems to leap to the front of our consciousness with a solution. 9. They can be tricked into experiencing déjà vu. Frans Jansen / Getty Images While scientists are still scratching their heads as to why our brains experience déjà vu, they're now able to recreate it artificially via virtual reality. What they've learned? We experience it most when it concerns places. 10. Men's brains are babe torpedoes. PM Images / Getty Images The sexual pursuit area in the male brain is 2.5 times larger than in a female's. So that glazed-over, trancelike stare that men do when they see an attractive lady? Completely natural and, unfortunately, unstoppable. 11. Our brains are incredibly resilient...when we're young. Charles Guilung / Getty Images If a child suffers a traumatic brain injury, other parts of the brain will take over for the affected area. But due to a process known as synaptic pruning — where brains transition from childhood's constant influx of information to adulthood's maturing and focus — an adult brain can no longer compensate for other areas. 12. The average brain weighs three pounds. Library of Congress / Oren Jack Turner / Getty Images The heaviest brain recorded belonged to Russian author Ivan Turginev and weighed 2,021 grams (4.5 pounds). Albert Einstein's brain was smaller than the average brain and only weighed 1,230 grams (2.7 pounds). 13. They can hold a lot of information. JPM / Getty Images The average brain can hold close to 2.5 petabytes (one million gigabytes). This article equates that to 3 million hours of movies or TV shows — close to 300 years of viewing material. 14. A lot of what we know about the brain we've discovered in the past 10 years. Monty Rakusen / Getty Images Due to advances in technology, diagnostics, and molecular techniques, scientists' understanding of the brain has grown significantly over the past decade. Treat your brain right. Drink Neuro.