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What is the brain?
The brain is an organ that generates emotions, responds to situations, and controls thoughts, memories, and much more. It helps us perform a different kinds of actions, from talking to moving to laughing to staying worried or proactive. Let’s see how the brain works so we can have a fair bit of ideas to teach kids properly to manage their well-being and happiness.
How the Brain Works
The brain is the most fascinating part of the human body not much to look at. It resembles a spongy mass of tissue, feels like tofu, and weighs roughly 4 tonnes of butter. It is actually made up of mostly water and about 10% fat. While the brain only makes up approximately 2% of the entire body weight.
It uses a massive 20% of the body’s energy. The brain’s basic building blocks are known as neurons and we have around 100 billion of these with between 1000 to 10,000 Connexions to other neurons creating neural pathways or roads within the brain. There are literally trillions of neural Connexions within the brain similar to a city electrical power grid information is passed along these roads for a series of chemical messages and electrical impulses.
All of this activity takes place our brain generates between 10 to 25 watts of power enough to power a light ball over the course of one day. Your brain generates more electrical impulses from firing neurons and all of the telephones in the world so really your brain isn’t just a spongy massive tissue but it’s your most complex organ a power station that connects your every thought movement and feeling and it’s firing right now.
Main Parts of the Brain With Their Functions
There are three main parts of the brain, which are as follows with their functions.
The cerebrum is an essential part of the brain that regulates most things that you hear, feel, or touch. Learning, reasoning, emotions, loving, and hating are all possible due to the cerebrum. It mostly functions to develop sensations and feelings in human.
This part of the brain deals with balance, posture, and coordination. It holds more than half of the neurons in the human brain. It covers a wide range of functions and processes, both in the mind and the human body. The response we feel, such as fear or pleasure, is mainly due to the cerebellum. It is a smaller part of the brain in comparison to the cerebrum.
This part of the brain has control over automatic body functions that humans don’t carry out consciously, such as sleep, breathing, etc. The brainstem is in the lower part of the brain and connects the rest of the brain to the spinal cord.