When Einstein died in 1955, the physician who conducted his autopsy at Princeton stole his brain and took it home to perform “research”, for which he was ultimately fired after refusing to return the brain. Decades later, he drove to California to return the brain to Einstein’s granddaughter.
At a point in history the human brain grew incredibly rapidly, doubling in size in just 2 million years and no one knows why.
When in love, the human brain consistently releases the same combination of neurotransmitters and hormones that is released by amphetamines, leading to side effects such as increased heart rate, loss of appetite and sleep, and an intense feeling of excitement.
The idea of left brain (logical) and right brain (creative) has no basis in neuroscience and is in fact a myth.
When you get blackout drunk you don’t actually forget anything. Your brain wasn’t “recording” in the first place.
A professor at Princeton found that our brains sometimes process images of people who are poor or homeless as if they were not humans but things.
Anosognosia is when someone has a stroke or another kind of brain injury, which leaves them with some disability (e.g. the inability to move their arm), and also leaves them incapable of believing they have that disability.
The crazy part? Squirting cold water into the left ear temporarily enables them to acknowledge the disability – for about 10 minutes.
After hitting his head in the shallow end of a swimming pool, a man awoke with the condition known as acquired musical savant syndrome. He had become a great pianist without ever learning to play.
When ignored by that person whose attention means the most to you, the reaction in your brain is similar to physical pain.
A supercomputer took 40 minutes to model one second of brain activity! The most accurate simulation of the human brain ever has been carried out, but a single second’s worth of activity took one of the world’s largest supercomputers 40 minutes to calculate.