Brain activity in numbers

Our brain is never really at rest. When it is not busy with a specific task, it can daydream or ruminate, depending on our mood, but it never stops being active. This is what neuroscientists have uncovered by discovering the functioning of its so-called “default” network, which is activated in a way that is opposite to the executive network that manages our high-level cognitive processes. Here are some figures to make you… contemplate more!

More than 6,000. That’s the number of thoughts we could have on average during a day. Canadian researchers were able to arrive at this figure using a new method to detect the transition from one thought to another. (Tseng and Poppenk, 2020)

46,9 %. This is the proportion of time we spend with “the head in the clouds” during a day. Our brain is then in “default network” (DN) mode, the most important of the functional networks in the resting state, which is associated with our introspective mental activities. This is the mode our brain is in when we are daydreaming, but also when we are ruminating… (Killingsworth and Gilbert, 2010)

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