The Brain is an Energy Hog

John Cousins
February 7, 2023
3 min read
Photo by Kenneth Schipper Vera on Unsplash

I have been becoming more aware of caring for my brain. I have become kind of attached to it. I spent a lot of time recreationally partying and taking my brain for granted. Sorry old chap.

Jobs are radically changing. People are getting fired. Robots are the new middle class. Now that we are all competing with artificial intelligence and robots, its time to take the care and feeding of our brains more seriously. Here are some tidbits I have picked up.

The brain is an energy hog. Our brains consume around ten times more energy by weight than the rest of the body. Diet is important for optimal cognitive function.

Photo by David Matos on Unsplash

Computers can outperform us in analytical areas such as chess or mathematics. However, many bodily processes like our senses are incredibly complex and still beyond the capability of the world’s most powerful computers.

Despite the power and capabilities of the human brain, we do not understand how it works very well.

Photo by jesse orrico on Unsplash

Neuroscientists use brain imaging techniques to study the brain and its activity. Neuroscience is also of great importance to psychology, given the influence of the unconscious mind on our motivations, thought processes, memory, and emotions. For example, such imaging has ascertained that correlated brain regions are most active when the subject is resting. Conversely, others regions ‘switch off’ in the resting state are most active when the subject is interacting with the world.

A synapse is a single connection between neurons and can be imaged. Indeed, memories are stored in the mass, on the order of 10 ¹⁴, of synapses in the brain. Brain research has established that the brain is plastic and can change. Brain connectivity is dynamic and continues to be so even after it matures. There is a continual turnover of synapses forming and disappearing in an ever-changing neural environment. It begs the question, how do memories remain stable over the years?

Here’s an interesting thought: you’re technically not the same person you were after a night’s sleep or even a nap due to this upgrading process of the brain through the formation of new synapses. Take advantage of sleep and your unconscious mind. Prime yourself to assimilate information and solve problems more efficiently.

The path to success is the continuous pursuit of knowledge.
Success is the product of accumulative advantage.

Use your brain.

Photo by Gaspar Uhas on Unsplash

Share this post
John Cousins
Author, Entrepreneur, & Teacher

Receive my 7 day email course

Take your finance skills to the next level with my 7-day corporate finance email course. You'll learn all the essential topics from financial analysis to risk management in a fun, engaging format. Each day, you'll receive an email with practical examples, exercises and resources. Perfect for aspiring finance pros or anyone looking to expand their knowledge. Get ready to transform your finance game!

By clicking Sign Up you're confirming that you agree with our Terms and Conditions.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

If you like this article. Here are some more articles I think you might like.


The Road to Becoming a Unicorn: A Quick Guide to Startup Funding Rounds

The whole process of funding and developing startups has become more widespread because the cost of getting a product to market has dropped so precipitously in the past couple of decades from millions of dollars to typically anywhere from under $20,000 to $500,000.
John Cousins
December 18, 2023
7 min read

Oh Behave! Behavioral Economics: Why we do what we do.

Behavioral Economics is a method of economic analysis that applies psychological insights into human behavior to explain economic decision making.
John Cousins
December 18, 2023
4 min read
Personal Growth

Professional Development: 3 Types of Skill Sets

To perform effectively in a job and advance to greater responsibilities requires developing a well rounded set of skills. Every job and every industry has its specifics but these skill sets are general and apply across all jobs. Skills are fundamental for turning a job into a career trajectory and this trajectory is part of our personal fulfillment in life.
John Cousins
December 18, 2023
5 min read