5 Facts about the Human Brain that will Blow Your Mind!
January 2, 2016 Leave a comment
- The human brain contains roughly 100 billion neurons.
- Most computational neuroscientists tend to estimate human storage capacity somewhere between 10 terabytes and 100 terabytes, though the full spectrum of guesses ranges from 1 terabyte to 2.5 petabytes. (One terabyte is equal to about 1,000 gigabytes or about 1 million megabytes; a petabyte is about 1,000 terabytes.)
- One thing is certain: The notion that humans only use 10 percent of their brain is a myth—information may be stored in every part of the brain.
- Each neuron seems to have a “clock speed” on the order of kilohertz, which are a million times slower than gigahertz.
- The brain is remarkably energy-efficient, running on about 12 watts—the electricity it takes to light some high-efficiency light bulbs.