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Are you smart? Thank your mother

By Anne James Subscribe to RSS | February 29th 2012 | Views:
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The humans and other primates can be grateful to mothers for their brains developed, because the evolution of mammals with the head consist content is due to maternal attention, concluded a new scientific study, researchers led by University College London.

Initially, scientists believed that a big brain development depends on major metabolism accelerated. But the animal’s marsupials, such as kangaroos and opossums, whose baby pouch is formed and not in the womb, have brains about as big as those of other mammals despite slower metabolic rate of the first.

Therefore, researchers concluded that brain development both marsupials and placental animals is strongly correlated with maternal care period. The brains of marsupials and grow slowly after birth in pockets especially mothers, while placental mammals encephalon rapidly developing in the womb.

Primates, as are people and chimpanzees could benefit from both cases, researchers believe. They spend a long time in fetal condition and enjoy a prolonged maternal care after birth. This could explain the large size of their brains.

Some interesting facts about your brain:

- Your brain uses 20% of your body's energy, but it makes up only 2% of your body's weight.

- Your cerebral cortex is about as thick as a tongue depressor. It grows thicker as you learn and use it.

- Your brain is about 1300-1400 cubic centimeters in volume, about the size of a cantaloupe and wrinkled like a walnut.

- The brain feels like a ripe and looks pink because of the blood flowing through it.

- Your brain generates 25 watts of power while you're awake - enough to illuminate a lighbulb.

- A newborn baby's brain grows almost 3 times in course of first year.

- Humans have the most complex brain of any animal on earth.

- Your brain is divided into two sides. The left side of your brain controls the right side of your body; and, the right side of your brain controls the left side of your body.

Anne James - About Author:
GetIQ is group of scientists involved in Intelligence Quotient studies and offers a very accurate Intelligence Test.
The proposed IQ Test, is a Dr. Maslow`s creation, and it has been elaborated after two years of testing and assessment, it has been officially recognized all over the world.

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