All About Gray Matter

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The brain is an immensely complex structure, but there are ways we can divide up its anatomical structure into more discrete parts; the left and right hemisphere, parietal, temporal, occipital and frontal lobes. Another common divider is to separate the brain’s gray and white matter.

Here are a few facts about gray matter :

  • The grey matter serves to process information in the brain.
  • Grey matter contains most of the brain’s neuronal cell bodies.
  • The grey matter includes regions of the brain involved in muscle control, and sensory perception such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision making, and self-control.
  • Almost 95% of the oxygen that the brain absorbs goes to its gray matter, rest goes to its white matter.
  • The amount of gray matter areas in the brain may more strongly correlate to a higher IQ than the overall size of the brain.
  • While there are essentially no disparities in general intelligence among men and women, men do have 6.5 times the amount of gray matter that women.
  • Pathological liars have a deficit of gray matter.
  • Chronic alcoholics typically have a reduced volume of gray matter.
  • Children with autism have more gray matter in their brains than healthy children.
  • One study suggests meditation may increase gray matter.
  • Gray matter consists of neutrons, the brain’s nerve cells.
  • Gray matter, the thinking part of the brain, grows throughout childhood.
  • Older smokers lose gray matter and cognitive function at a greater rate than non smokers.
  • Gray matter is distributed at the surface of the cerebral hemispheres, the cerebellum, in the depths of the cerebrum, brainstem and spinal gray matter.

Reference : https://www.brainscape.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Gray-Matter.png

6 Comments Add yours

    1. GS says:

      Thank you for the reblog.

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  1. Really interesting and informative article.

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you Paul. I am glad you found the post useful. Gray Matter reduces stress, improves concentration, increases grey matter and creates new neural pathways; it can also help in the management of disorders like depression and schizophrenia.

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  2. Love the info 👌🏿👍🏿

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    1. GS says:

      Glad you liked it. Grey matter contains most of the brain’s neuronal cell bodies. The grey matter includes regions of the brain involved in muscle control, and sensory perception such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision making, and self-control. These cells are responsible for the movement of muscles.

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