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Tag: rest

When we sleep

In a Coursera video about anxiety, professor Joordens from the University of Toronto was explaining the difference between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.  I have heard those explanations before, but the way he talked about one point made me pause.  He was going over what happens when we sleep. Continue reading

When you rest

I was listening to a webinar by author Benjamin Hardy this week and he made an interesting point.  All the growth and creativity happens when you rest.

If you are trying to build muscle, you work hard at lifting weights but the muscles get bigger during the recovery period. Continue reading

Neurons talk to each other

I was listening to a radio show the other day and a neuroscientist from Vanderbilt University named Suzana Herculano-Houzel was talking about something so interesting.  She was talking about nerve cells called neurons that are in the cortex of the brain.  Those neurons talk to each other and make connections or networks.  The more neurons, the more connections, the more knowledge being passed around.  She said humans have 16 billion neurons.  The next closest is the gorilla with 8 billion neurons.  An elephant has 5 billion neurons.  Dogs have 500 million and cats 250 million. Continue reading

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