5 Facts about your brain you didn't know
December 1, 2016 / Sharnie Carter
With our brains being the most complex organ in the human body, understanding how we think, learn and do things is fascinating. So check out these surprising 5 facts about our brains:
Multi-tasking makes you less productive
When we think we’re multi-tasking we’re actually switching back and forth between tasks. Research has shown that by doing this your error rate goes up by 50% and can take you twice as long to do things. So maybe you should stick to one task at a time!
Naps help your brains day to day performance
Bursts of sleep can really help your brains performance, so good news if you love your sleep! When a memory first gets recorded into the brain it can be easily be forgotten. Napping pushes these memories into the brains long term storage, avoiding them to be replaced.
Exercise boosts your brains willpower
Compared to those that don’t exercise, those that do have a better long-term memory, attention span and problem-solving skills. When we exercise we release a protein called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor which makes us feel at ease and happy.
You learn best by teaching others
Statistics show that we retain 90% of information when we teach others. This is because we are taking in new information better and remembering the most important parts of what we have learnt. With questions constantly been fired at you these will challenge your understanding of the information.
Laughing helps your brain
Laughter can actually cause activity in five different areas of the brain. It also leaves your muscles relaxed for approximately 45 minutes after and improves the function of blood vessels. So if you want to get in the right mind set before studying, then get laughing!