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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYCH 3F03
Professor
Paul W Andrews
Semester
Winter

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January 24, 2014 • Brains use a lot of energy—especially baby brains 87% • Brain is fed through glucose • Brain is so important for overall body functioning—it gets energy priority in relevance to all other organs o Starvation—you will even sacrifice the heart for the brain • If mother is undernourished, the baby’s brain or fat remains unaffected however the skeletal muscle, kidneys, liver, and pancreas may be undersized Interim Summary • Human brain is larger than expected, given our body size • The human brain is a voracious consumer of energy • It is so expensive, that the gut and muscle mass are smaller than respected Insulin resistance • The brain is preserved during pregnancy, infection, and starvation by the development of insulin-resistance in select
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