Our Brains Are Way More Powerful Than We Ever Thought

We know surprisingly little about the brain, but we do know that the brain is a powerful thing-as it turns out, a much more powerful thing than we ever thought. Before 2016, scientists and researchers estimated that the brain can hold only the equivalent of about 100 terabytes of information at a maximum. Research from the Salk Institute suggests that the brain is capable of holding the equivalent to 1 petabyte of information. This number, which is the same as 1,000 terabytes or 1 million gigabytes, is comparable to the amount of information on the entire web.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. According to a 2016 study, our brains can store at least a petabyte of information. 00:34

  2. When you experience something, your experience is converted into pulses of electrical energy. 01:23

  3. The brain has approximately 86 billion neurons. 02:07

Written by Curiosity Staff March 1, 2016