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The Human AdvantageA New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable$
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Suzana Herculano-Houzel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034258

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034258.001.0001

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So How Much Does It Cost?

So How Much Does It Cost?

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The Human Advantage

Suzana Herculano-Houzel

The MIT Press

Human brain is 2% of body mass, but costs 25% of body energy budget; the glia/neuron ratio increases with average neuronal cell size, not brain size; glial cells as source of energy for neurons; energy cost of neurons; energy cost of brain is proportional to number of neurons; the human brain costs a lot of energy because it has a lot of neurons

Keywords:   Calories, energetic cost of brain, glia/neuron ratio

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