A lot of mysteries and drawbacks of the human brain were discovered by scientists for over many years that were till now kept secret in a stable manner in our subconscious mind.
1. Constant alteration of our memories
Our memories stay in our brain as scenes from a movie or a video. They are kept in our brain in some corner in a safe and secure manner. But it has been seen that the mental images of the actions that had happened in the past change every single moment that flashes before the eye of the mind.
The subject matter of our memories is affected by the memory blackouts that have occurred just in the past. For instance, you cannot remember the names of all those people who had been there in a family function a few years before. But you do not forget to get a picture of your aunt in your memory as she is someone who always makes it to such gatherings. So clearly, you remember her although she might not have been present there.
2. Our friend circle is limited
Psychologists and sociologists have discovered a thing called Dunbar’s Number. It refers to the fact that a person can maintain a close relationship with only a few people. So your Facebook friend list that has thousands of friends can mean that out of that many people you have close ties with only 50-200 among them.
3. Staying busy keeps us happy
– Try to think that you are at the airport and you have to pick your luggage. In about 10-15 minutes you arrive at the area from where you have to take your things and you see your suitcase on the carousel.
– And then imagine another situation when you could find an alternative way to reach the luggage claiming area faster. You reach there in 2 minutes and then have to wait for your luggage to appear for another 10 minutes.
It is seen that in both of these cases you need more time than 10 minutes to get your belongings. But in the second instance, you are more uncomfortable and discontented. It is because your brain likes to keep you occupied with work rather than staying idle. Whenever we complete any task, we are given the happy hormone, dopamine, as a present.
4. Memorizing a few things simultaneously
Reports have shown that it is possible for our brain to store only 3-4 things simultaneously. Also, the information can be stored only for a few seconds, say 20-30 seconds. If we do not keep on refreshing the information repeatedly, we tend to forget it.
For example, you are advised not to talk over the phone while you are driving. The other person might provide you with a number and instantly you would try to memorize it as you cannot write it down then. You keep on repeating the number again and again so that it is etched in your memory and you write down the number after you are done with the call.
This also applies to the fact that, since we can remember only 3-4 things at one time, our important details such as bank credit card number and phone numbers are split between 3-4 numbers at a time. Same how the paragraphs in this article are written.
5. Reality is different from what we visualize
The brain deals with information it receives from the sensory organs constantly. It looks over the visual images and converts them into a form that can be reached by us.
For instance, we can read the texts in a quick way because we are not actually reading it. We are just looking at the initials and the end letters of the words and with intuition we understand the rest of the words because of our practical knowledge. As it says: “It dseon’t mtater in wtah way the oder of the ltter appars, if the frst and lst ltter is in plcae”. Here we are looking at a jumbled set of letters but we understand it from this way what the meaning is!
6. 30% time for day dreaming
Imagine you are working and going through some important information. All of a sudden, you see that you have read a similar sentence thrice in a row. You do not examine the meaning because you were day dreaming.
Scientists from the University of California are of the opinion that 30% of our daily time is spent on day dreaming. This proportion can go up to the level of 70% when we are on long trips, but it is absolutely normal. It has been found that the more creative are the ones who keep roaming in the unknown. In addition to this, they can also solve problems better and get rid of their stress.
7. 3 things are unavoidable: food, sex and danger
Did you ever notice that most of the time people stop and stare at the after effects of an accident on the road? Although people find it very disturbing, they still continue to stare at it.
This strong desire to know about something is initiated by our ancient brain which is responsible for our survival. The purpose of this part is to look around our surroundings and ask us the three questions: “Could this be eaten”? “Is it possible to have sex with him/her?” “Is it possible to get killed by this?” Food, sex and danger are the three basic instincts which are important to our lives and therefore we cannot afford to move away from them.
8. More choices are needed
According to a present study, scientists created an arrangement with two tables in a supermarket. On one table they had put 6 different varieties of jam and on the other table they had kept 24 varieties of jam. It was found that more than half of the people tried the jams from table 1 but while purchasing they moved to table 2.
As the brain can focus on only few items simultaneously, it is easier to make choices in the first table with 6 kinds of jams.
But we also like some variety and other choices. We definitely love to go through several options and a broad range of items and so we stop at the second table though we still buy the products we have used before.
9. Majority of the decisions are not taken consciously
We think that we are always taking planned decisions but nearly 80% of them are taken unconsciously. We just do it without giving it a thought.
Since we get a huge number of information, some of it are moved down to our subconscious mind in order to prevent exhaustion. Switching off the lights or taking the keys before leaving – we do these with our natural instinct.
On the contrary, this also leads us to doubt ourselves and we start to worry about whether we have locked the door or turned the stove off.
10. There is no multitasking
It is said that we do one thing at a given time. You can try cooking and writing or watching a video and reading simultaneously. It does not work this way because our brain can pay attention to only one thing.
There can be a special case. When one of the activities is completely physical and instinctive, then we can put together the two activities. For example, most of us walk while we talk over the phone. But there can be a chance of stumbling over something and falling down.
Did you feel surprised after reading this?
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