Your Brain Boots Up Like a Computer

As we yawn and open our eyes in the morning, the brain stem sends little puffs of nitric oxide to another part of the brain, the thalamus, which then directs it elsewhere.

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Like a computer booting up its operating system before running more complicated programs, the nitric oxide triggers certain functions that set the stage for more complex brain operations, according to a new study.

In these first moments of the day, sensory information floods the system–the bright sunlight coming through the curtains, the time on the screeching alarm clock–and all of it needs to be processed and organized, so the brain can understand its surroundings and begin to perform more complex tasks.

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3 thoughts on “Your Brain Boots Up Like a Computer

  1. Question; If this is true, then how do you control your Thalamus, and does this mean I should increase the level of Nitric Oxide in my body to raise a higher level of physical and mental awareness?

  2. I never thought of our brains as booting up each day in this way…I rather like the idea of it and will enjoy observing this from now on.

  3. Though I normally wake up sharp and clear, which I love, this morning I was sluggish.
    I wonder if it was because of the praticular food I ate yeaterday and the 6 hours of exercise, maybe that cut down the nitrous oxide ??

    I wonder what food and activity has me wake up sharp and clear,, which I love ???

    Or really sharp and really clear ??? Hmmmmmmmm ?

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