10 Amazing Facts About How Your Brain Works

For a gray organ that can’t move on its own, the brain sure is a force to be reckoned with. The phrase “mind over matter” isn’t just a figure of speech–it’s possible. Our brain is so powerful that it can override feelings of intense fear, pain and panic if it gives us a better chance at survival.

Sometimes our amazing mind-body connection is obvious, like when we’re finally able to dunk a basketball or catch that buzzing mosquito. Other times, we barely notice the tireless work our brain does to keep us safe, happy and healthy. That’s because our brain is hardwired to make decisions on our behalf in mere fractions of a second. We may assume we’re doing things out of impulse or habit, but it’s just our trusty old brain, constantly working to save time and free up mind-space for other more important stuff.

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But what about the times when our brains seem to leave us in the lurch? Like when we lock our keys in the car, or forget a really important birthday? Most of the time, these lapses can be explained by something we did to the brain ourselves (poor thing!). A bad diet, too little sleep, and too much time in front of a screen can all have detrimental effects on the organ we need so much.

The good news is, the brain doesn’t hold these things against us. It’s ready to change when we are.

“…unlike in the days of old — when scientists believed the brain was “fixed” after childhood, only to start an inexorable decline in the middle to later years — today, research is showing that the brain is perfectly capable of changing, healing and “rewiring” itself to an unexpected degree,” explains this Care2 post about things that affect brain health.

“It turns out that the age of your brain may be a lesser influence on its structure than what you do with it. Pursuits that require intense mental focus, like language learning, ‘switch on’ the nucleus basalis, the control mechanism for neuroplasticity.”

You don’t have to be a neuroscientist, brain surgeon, or psychologist to know more about how the brain works. Scroll through the infographic below for 10 facts of everyday psychology that prove how lucky we are to have a brain! (Click to view a larger version)

Everyday Psychology
Source: Health-Science-Degree.com

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83 comments

Angela Malafouris
Angela Malafourisabout a year ago

Great article, very interesting information, I love the infographic!

Marie W.
Marie W.2 years ago

True- don't ask for money.

Robyn Rae
YOLANDA H.2 years ago

interesting article

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Melissa DogLover
Melissa DogLover2 years ago

thank you for sharing this with us. =]]

Jane Howard
Jane Howard2 years ago

Thanks for sharing...

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga2 years ago

thanks

Stanley R.
Stanley R.2 years ago

The brain is just an organ, thought is the activity of the brain, we are hardwired in a dualistic mind, that perpetuates the delusion of our apparent "reality" The function of consciousness to distinguish dimensions of reality varies in our sleep where the brain patters go into alpha rhythm. etc.

Katherine May Williams

Very interesting! The brain is a fascinating thing.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

thanks for sharing