The brain is one of the most astonishing and intricate parts of the human body, yet it only takes up a fraction of space. But, oddly enough, there’s so much the average person doesn’t know about his or her noggin. Here are some interesting facts about the human brain…



1. Brain information travels up to an impressive 268 miles per hour



2. The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation



3. The brain makes up about 2 percent of the body’s total weight and uses 20 percent of its total energy and oxygen intake



4. The human brain has the capacity to store everything that you experience


5. The average brain is believed to generate up to 50,000 thoughts per day



6. When awake, the human brain produces enough electricity to power a small light bulb



7. After age 30, the brain shrinks a quarter of a percent (0.25%) in mass each year



8. Ninety minutes of sweating can temporarily shrink the brain as much as one year of aging does


9. Men’s brains are 10 percent bigger than women’s. However, the Hippocampus, which is the part of the brain most strongly linked with memory, is typically larger in women



10.Your brain can process an image that your eyes have seen for as little as 13 milliseconds – less time than it takes for you to blink

Contributed by Emma Guerena, Marketing Intern Steadfast Management