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Human Brain Consumes More Energy During Particular Activities: Study Reveals

By Piyali Roy staff@sciencetimes.com | May 25, 2017 01:08 AM EDT

The human brain does not consume an equal amount of energy for doing all kinds of tasks in the daily routine. This is what a new study has revealed. A research study conducted by Claude Messier, who is a psychology professor at the University of Ottawa situated in Ontario and Beland-Millar, who is a Ph.D. student in Messier's laboratory showed up results which were not known till today.

According to the Scientific American, the new study on human brain shows that few regions of the brain consume more energy when the person is engaged in any particular task. However, the particular regions included and the measure of energy each consumers rely on upon the individual's encounters and also each brain's individual properties.

Scientists measure human brain energy expenditure with the help of colorful brain images. These colorful human brain images are used by the researchers for displaying neural activity. The amount of oxygen or glucose which different regions of the brain use while the person is doing any task is represented by the colors.

Scoopnest reported that the scientists studied the human brain with the help of this colorful brain images. The human brain is always active but it becomes more active when the person concentrates on doing any particular task making the brain consuming more energy. For example, the primary motor cortex of the human brain will use more energy, if the person is moving his/her hands rather than keeping them still.

The study also revealed that if a person is learning any new thing, which will be for the first time, the new skill will require more energy from the human brain for initiating the task. In short, more brainpower is used in the case of learning any new things rather than doing any well-practiced activity or a daily routine activity.

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