Inside your head is a jelly-like organ that controls everything
you do. Without it, you wouldn't be able to think, run, dance or
even breathe. But what makes your brain so special?
Your brain is like a powerful computer. It stores memories and
controls how you move, breathe, think and react. Compared to other
mammals about the same size as you, you have a big brain.
Your brain has lots of folds and wrinkles. The wrinkles increase
the area of your brain, making lots of space for you to make
connections between brain cells. More connections equal more brain
Here are our top five brain facts:
- When you're awake, your brain generates enough electricity to
power a lightbulb.
- You have the same number of brain cells at birth as you do in
adulthood. As you learn and store memories, these brain cells grow
and you make new connections between them.
- Your brain makes up 2% of your body's weight, but uses 20% of
your body's energy.
- The left side of your brain controls the right side of your
body. The right side of your brain controls the left side of your
- James Watson, a famous scientist, once said the brain is "the
most complex thing we have yet discovered in our universe."
Are you a brain boffin? Try our quiz and see how much you know
about your brain!
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