Eye Wonder: Human Body by DK Publishing

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If you could stretch it out, your brain would cover an ironing board. your brain. g n chi el like pudding. u to ld fe e in wou g a It It’s split in two Your brain has two halves, called hemispheres. The “dominant” half (the one in charge) is usually the left. This is where speech, writing, numbers, and problemsolving are usually handled. A good fit The top of a human skull is domed to make room for the brain, as shown by this model. Seeing Hearing Speaking Thinking/speaking Which part does what?

Smaller papillae help the tongue to “grip” slippery food such as ice cream. Taste facts Why the bumps? Your tongue is bumpy so things don’t slip off easily. It is covered in round papillae, some of which contain taste buds. •Each taste bud cell is renewed after about 7 days. •Your tongue has touch sensors, to help you feel food. •More than 1 quart (1 liter) of saliva is released into your mouth each day. 39 Take a bite Before their first teeth appear, babies drink milk or eat puréed food. Without teeth, they cannot chew on food to make it easier to swallow.

This is waste that your body is unable to use. half de a m s i of poo ri a e t c a up of b Sleep tight After all the activities you do each day, your body needs to rest. Sleep gives your brain a chance to catch up with what you’ve done. Without it, you cannot think properly and your body will begin to slow down. Why do I yawn? If you are bored or sleepy, your breathing slows. You yawn to pull more oxygen into your body, helping to keep you awake. Miss a night’s sleep and you’ll be crabby and clumsy the next day.

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