The human brain is a very complex organ with functions that, sometimes, the brain itself cannot perceive.
We all have had instances where we’ve forgotten an old memory or even an important task. There are also times when we surprise ourselves by remembering the strangest details, such as a broken button in our neighbor’s coat. But do we ever stop to think about the reason our memory works like that?
The answer to that might vary per person. However, the simple truth is that: nothing is truly limitless or impossible to measure. It can, though, be out of human comprehension. The human brain and its capacity to contain memories is one of those things.
Although there is expected to be a physical limit to how much information our minds can store, the chances of us reaching it are extremely low and unlikely in our lifetime.
Here are 10 of the most interesting facts about the brain and its memory-storing capacity:
- The human brain consists of about one billion
- Each neuron forms around 1,000 connections to other neurons, creating more than a trillion
- If each neuron could only store a single memory, the possibility of running out of storage space would be likely. Just like a USB flash drive, you might only have a few gigabytes of space in your mind!
- Neurons combine together and — through these connections — the brain’s memory storage increases significantly; around a million gigabytes.
- The human memory storage is 5 petabytes.
- It can store about 4.7 million books. One petabyte is the same as 20 million four-drawer filing cabinets filled with text, 13.3 years of HD-TV recordings, 4.7 billion books or 670 million web pages.
- The reason the brain’s exact storage capacity for memories is difficult to measure is that there is no exact unit to measure memories.
- Certain memories take up more space than others because they involve more details, and the matter of the emotional significance of the memories also affects their storage.
- The brain, like an automatic storage system, deletes and forgets memories on its own. Similar to the way your phone’s storage works with its backup: the files that you are not using regularly only remain in the backup or get deleted entirely.
- Some memories get stored at the ‘back’ of our mind. There is also the fact that some information is not worth remembering. This is so our brain can let us store new memories as we experience more events in life.
Now that you know these facts about the human brain, you might be able to understand the strange ways your memory works. The best method of remembering anything is making associations. If our brain can connect information to an experience, it has higher chances of retaining it.
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