What’s a genius IQ? Where does it come from? Intriguing questions, which neuroscience may be starting to answer.
In a New York Times article a few years ago, Harvard Psychology Professor Steven Pinker wrote about neuroscientists who, after examining the brain of Albert Einstein, said it “had large and unusually shaped inferior parietal lobules, a seat of mathematical and spatial reasoning.”
Pinker adds, “The effort to reduce brilliance to bulges in the brain may smack of 19th-century pseudoscience… But the elegant study on Einstein, published in the medical journal The Lancet.. is consistent with the themes of modern cognitive neuroscience.
“Every aspect of thought and emotion is rooted in brain structure and function, including many psychological disorders and, presumably, genius.
“The study confirms that the brain is a modular system comprising multiple intelligences, most nonverbal. Contrary to widespread belief, we do not think exclusively in language.”
Continued in Pinker’s article His Brain Measured Up.
Dr. Pinker is author of multiple books including Language, Cognition, and Human Nature.
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