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What is the Storage Capacity of Human Brain ?

Human brain may be an even more powerful computer than before thought. Reseachers and medical experts says that Microscopic branches of brain cells that were once thought to basically serve as mere wiring may actually behave as mini computers.

Human Brain is the most powerful computer known. It possesses about 100 billion neurons with roughly 1 quadrillion — 1 million billion — connections known as synapses wiring these cells together.Each neurons in brain act like a relay station for electrical signals. Each  neuron has a part like our heart called Soma.

It is a single thin cable-like fiber known as the axon that sticks out of the soma carries nerve signals away from the neuron, while many shorter branches called dendrites that project from the other end of the soma carry nerve signals to the neuron.

How much Data can be stored in Human Brain ?

That’s a difficult question to answer, in part because measuring memory in a human sense is different from doing so for computers — partially because of that Proustian problem. Human memory isn’t as simple as a binary, on/off setting, but rather is an intricate, interconnected series of stimulated synapses firing and sending signals. It’s far harder to quantify.

As we already heard Human brain consists of about one billion neurons. Each neuron forms about 1,000 connections to other neurons, amounting to more than a trillion connections. If each neuron could only help store a single memory, running out of space would be a problem. Neurons combine so that each one helps with many memories at a time, exponentially increasing the brain’s memory storage capacity to something closer to around 2.5 petabytes (or a million gigabytes).

When it clearly says, if your brain worked like a digital video recorder in a television, 2.5 petabytes would be enough to hold three million hours of TV shows. You would have to leave the TV running continuously for more than 300 years to use up all that storage.

Ways you can help maintain brain function.

1.            Get mental stimulation

2.            Get physical exercise

3.            Improve your diet

4.            Improve your blood pressure

5.  Build social networks

6.          Improve your blood sugar

7.            Don’t abuse alcohol

8.          Care for your emotions

9.          Protect your head

10.           Improve your cholesterol

11.            Consider low-dose aspirin

12.            Avoid tobacco.

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