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How Many Calories Does Thinking Burn ?
« Reply #25 on: 04/12/2008 08:15:59 »
The brain is always active, so you cannot stop yourself from thinking. When you are doing something, it is thinking about what you are doing and what you are going to do next. When you are doing nothing, it is thinking of what to do or just day dreaming and when asleep, it gets the chance to run riot with thinking about what IT wants to think about.
 

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« Reply #26 on: 04/12/2008 08:51:56 »
The brain accounts for about 20-25% of the energy burned in the body (less if your initials are GW and your surname begins with a B). This means the brain runs at about 35W.

Thinking does not significantly increase brain energy consumption but it does lead to a redistribution of energy use within the brain whereby the region of the brain responsible for handling the task being undertaken increases its activity (increasing energy consumption) whilst other (now less active) regions reduce their activity and hence energy expenditure.

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« Reply #27 on: 04/12/2008 08:58:48 »
Is this why high stress can cause health problems? The person is always thinking hard about something so energy is distributed to the area of the brain that this uses for too long, depriving other areas?
 

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