How Einstein's Brain Was Different
Researchers say one vital section was especially well developed
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2013 8:00 AM CDT
Updated Oct 5, 2013 8:20 AM CDT
This undated file photo shows Albert Einstein.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – We might be able to credit the theory of relativity to Albert Einstein's corpus callosum. That, as Red Orbit explains, is the bundle of nerve fibers that connects the brain's left and right hemispheres. And it turns out that Einstein had a beauty. Researchers analyzing images of his brain used a new technique to determine that Einstein's two hemispheres were "unusually well-connected," reports Nature World News. They compared his corpus callosum to those from elderly men and from 26-year-olds—Einstein's "miracle year" age when he published papers that changed modern physics. He trumped them all.

“This study, more than any other to date, really gets at the ‘inside’ of Einstein’s brain," says Florida State University researcher Dean Falk, who speculates that the well-developed connections played a big role in Einstein's intelligence. The study, published in the journal Brain and led by a scientist at East China Normal University, builds on a previous one Falk did showing other physical differences. Indeed, it's "likely that a combination of physiological factors played a part shaping the enigmatic theoretical physicist," writes James Fenner at the Guardian Express. Click to read about another study concluding that the familiar notion of people being either left-brained (logical) or right-brained (creative) logic is bogus.

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Oct 6, 2013 8:27 AM CDT
You can tell,just from his hairdo, that his brain was firing on all cylinders, big time!
Oct 5, 2013 7:58 PM CDT
Are people different? Of course! Our bodies make us different. The famous split-twin studies found amazing behavioral similarities among monozygotic twins separated at birth and united as adults (one such pair revealed similar occupational status, identical cars, an affinity for plaid shirts, and both were married to women named Betty). Herrnstein and Murray‘s “The Bell Curve” associated lower intelligence with poverty, proclivity for criminality, familial dysfunction, and lower educational attainment on a statistical scale; the educational establishment howled in protest, but never refuted their findings. In fact, genetic and other studies over the past few decades support such findings so that psychology has oriented itself more to organic processes. We must, then, attribute our immediate behavior to environmental changes to which now-human genes responded over the eons. The aggregate of molecules composing us respond to internal and external environmental stimuli, and we recognize these responses as our behavior. Those thoughts you think “you” have hold no real substance and may be compared to smoke rising from a flame. Our bodies are merely the environment in flux. There is no free will, and there is no god. Live with it.
Oct 5, 2013 2:06 PM CDT
I can believe these people dissect his brain. That is creepy. He was a freak, an abnormality. Nature always experiments.