-- Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- What made Albert Einstein
such a genius? A new examination of Einstein's brain has revealed
one of the likely reasons for his brilliance.
The left and right hemispheres of Einstein's brain were
unusually well connected to each other, according to the findings
published online recentlyin the journal
"This study, more than any other to date, really gets at the 'inside' of Einstein's brain," study co-author Dean Falk, an evolutionary anthropologist at Florida State University, said in a university news release. "It provides new information that helps make sense of what is known about the surface of Einstein's brain."
Study lead author Weiwei Men of East China Normal University
developed a new brain analysis technique to conduct the study,
believed to be the first to detail Einstein's corpus callosum, the
brain's largest bundle of fibers, connecting the two hemispheres.
For the study, Men used high-resolution photographs of Einstein's
brain that had been published by Falk in 2012.
"This technique should be of interest to other researchers who study the brain's all-important internal connectivity," Falk said in the news release.
Men's technique reveals the varying thicknesses of sections of
the corpus callosum along its length, where nerve fibers cross from
one hemisphere to the other. These thicknesses indicate the number
of nerves that cross in particular regions.
The researchers compared Einstein's brain with those of 15
elderly men and 52 younger men. Einstein had more extensive
connections between certain parts of his brain's hemispheres than
either the older or the younger men, the study found.
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