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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:17 PM

Uncommon Features of Einstein's Brain Might Explain His Remarkable Cognitive Abilities

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Uncommon Features of Einstein's Brain Might Explain His Remarkable Cognitive Abilities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Portions of Albert Einstein’s brain have been found to be unlike those of most people and could be related to his extraordinary cognitive abilities, according to a new study led by Florida State University evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk.

Falk, along with colleagues Frederick E. Lepore of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Adrianne Noe, director of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, describe for the first time the entire cerebral cortex of Einstein’s brain from an examination of 14 recently discovered photographs. The researchers compared Einstein’s brain to 85 “normal” human brains and, in light of current functional imaging studies, interpreted its unusual features.

“Although the overall size and asymmetrical shape of Einstein’s brain were normal, the prefrontal, somatosensory, primary motor, parietal, temporal and occipital cortices were extraordinary,” said Falk, the Hale G. Smith Professor of Anthropology at Florida State. “These may have provided the neurological underpinnings for some of his visuospatial and mathematical abilities, for instance.”

The study, “The Cerebral Cortex of Albert Einstein: A Description and Preliminary Analysis of Unpublished Photographs,” will be published Nov. 16 in the journal Brain.

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:16 PM

1. I wonder if his abnormal brain was genetically mutant...

 

mutation in a good way.

He had 3 children, none of them displayed a similar mutation, I guess.

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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:19 PM

3. His second son had schizophrenia.

But he likely got that from his mother, Einstein's first wife, who was rather mentally unstable herself.

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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 11:15 PM

2. He is thought by many to have had Asperger's Syndrome.

He's become a kind of mascot in the Aspie community.

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