A brain injury sustained during a mugging turned a man who used to think “math is stupid” into a mathematical savant with a form of synaesthesia that lets him see the world in fractals.
Einstein was born missing part of the brain that influences speech and did not speak until the age of three. However, his parietal lobe, responsible for math and spatial recognition, was abnormally large.
Science Alert claims this illusions mimics time travel in the brain:
In the Illusory Rabbit, the middle flash never happens, but most people still think they saw three flashes to match three beeps.
In the Invisible Rabbit, it’s the middle beep that is missed – and the brain usually thinks there was no middle flash either.
The fact that the middle beep or flash IS getting manipulated shows postdiction at work – it’s actually the last flash and beep that causes the illusion to happen. They make our brain alter what it perceived in the past.
Recalling a memory more often makes the memory less accurate.That’s because instead of remembering the actual memory, you’re recalling the memory of the last time you remembered it and any mistakes that might have been introduced there.
Your brain is able to make a decision for you seconds before you become aware of the fact that you are making a decision.
A man born premature with cerebral palsy, was unable to swallow on his own until the age of 1, is blind, was unable to speak or walk until the age of 16, began playing Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No.1 on piano in the middle of the night at age 16. He now can play any song after hearing it only once.
The human retina is actually brain tissue, you see with an exposed part of your brain.
Scientists at UCLA noticed that “time and time again” people suffered their first experience with anxiety or depression right after stomach illnesses. They did brain scans after patients ate probiotics, and found that stomach bacteria actually directly affected connectivity of the brain.
Your brain is more active daydreaming than when you are paying attention in school.
We hear songs that get stuck in our head while performing tasks that require a “low cognitive load”, such as showering or getting dressed. Our brain uses these songs as a “screen saver” to keep us entertained while our brain is essentially idle.