Why Do Zombies Love Brains: A Lesson Plan
Interesting Brain Facts:
The average adult brain weighs three pounds, contains around 100 billion neurons, 1 trillion other cells to support the neurons, 100 thousand miles of blood vessels, and generates enough electricity to power a low-wattage light bulb!
The brain is more powerful and complex than even the most advanced supercomputer.
Sensory neurons send signals that about 150 miles per hour, and motor neurons can transmit at about 200 miles per hour!
There are no pain receptors in your brain, so it doesn’t feel any pain.
A bigger brain doesn’t mean a smarter person. Albert Einstein’s brain was slightly smaller than average.
Surgeons say that a living brain feels like a lot soft tofu. YUM!
It’s also a myth that we use only 10% of our brains. Even though there are still many things we don’t know about it, we do know that each part of the brain has a purpose.
Your brain only makes up about 2% of your body weight, but uses about 20% of your energy and oxygen.
The bursts of light a person sees after hitting their head (“seeing stars”) are the result of the brain hitting the back of the skull. The back of your brain is where vision is processed.
It isn’t true that your brains tops making connections has been seen in adults who have had brain injuries, who form connections around the injured area.
Each side of your brain contains four lobes. The frontal lobe is important for cognitive functions and control of voluntary movement or activity. The parietal lobe processes information about temperature, taste, touch and movement, while the occipital lobe is primarily responsible for vision. The temporal lobe processes memories, integrating them with sensations of taste, sound, sight and touch.
Teaching your students about the learning their brains and the four lobes of the brain will help them obtain better understanding of what’s happening around them.