The brain is a very interesting human organ. At the onset, it’s just a bunch of soft nervous tissues curled and balled in our skulls, and yet it’s one of the most complex parts of the human body. It houses over a hundred billion nerves that communicate with each other to let us do actual things. It’s responsible for keeping us alive, by making sure our survival functions are a-okay. I’m talking about our breathing, digestion, blood circulation, and so much more.
That’s why it’s important to take care of it, not just by keeping it active, but also by supplementing the body with brain food and supplements. Here’s a website about nootropics if you’re curious about what you can take to further improve brain function. Furthermore, here are 5 interesting facts you should know about brain development that’s going to surprise you:
1. Babies lose half of all their neurons at birth
Before going out to the world, an average baby would have around the number of neurons as a fully developed adult. These neurons grow by building a network of branches and connections with each other, triggered by the activities they do and the experiences they encounter. Unfortunately, as a baby, we don’t have a lot of experiences that would lead to creating neural pathways, so a lot of our neurons become unused and consequently they die. This is called neural pruning and it’s normal in babies. In fact, during our first few years, we lose around 50% of brain cells because of this phenomenon. But don’t worry, as we grow older we get to redeem these neurons into a complex and more developed brain.
2. Baby talk increases your child’s vocabulary
Some people may not encourage talking cute to your child because it sounds stupid, but it actually helps the baby’s vocabulary grow! Studies show that calling the train a “choo-choo” or your pet a “doggie” actually helps boost your baby’s vocabulary. According to a study conducted by Dr. Mitsuhiko Ota, words used in baby talk attract babies’ attention and helps them absorb these small units of speech in their memory.
3. There is no pain in the brain
The brain is incapable of sensing pain because of the absence of pain receptors. This fact allows brain surgery to be performed even while the patient is awake. The probes done on the brain during surgery help neurosurgeons immediately address important regions such as speech and movement, making for a better operation.
4. Debunking the 10% myth
Ever heard of the “fact” that humans only use 10% of their brain? That has long been debunked. The percentage of our brain that we use varies per person at any given time. It usually depends on what you’re doing or thinking about. And even when asleep, a large part of our brain remain active.
5. Reading aloud stimulates brain development to your child
Sadly not a lot of parents do this. Reading aloud to your babies help strengthen their vocabularies and improve their literacy skills. You’ll be surprised to know your child would be ready for school in just a few years! Even though they don’t understand the words, that doesn’t mean they’re not learning anything. The pictures, emotions, and units of speeches are all being absorbed by the child, and help reinforce their memories.
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