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Can Children Be Geniuses?

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Throughout history we've been a culture obsessed with child geniuses. As children grow and develop through the education system, they tend to be drawn toward certain subjects, hobbies and skills that allow them to express themselves physically, creatively and intellectually. Although, just like adults, child intellect and skill may not all be equal, most parents believe in their child's special abilities, no matter where they may fall on the talent scale. But what if your child is actually a genius? Could the precision and dedication to those skills be markers of prodigal capabilities? The answer could very well be yes. The U.S. government defines a gifted child as someone who has developed abilities far ahead of the age when those special skills are normally demonstrated. But the answer is likely more complicated than that. How does practice, genetics, studying and brain chemistry play a role? Could there be a psychological aspect to a child's ability to surpass their peers, and many adults, in their intellect and skill?

At seven years old, Akrit Pran Jaswal performed his first surgery. In 2011, at the age of nine, March Tian Boedihardjo became the youngest to ever enroll in Hong Kong University, the same year child prodigy Taylor Ramon Wilson won the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his work creating a radiation detector. So what sets these children's cognitive abilities apart—and can parents shape their children into savants? These videos give insight into one of the interesting and unbelievable phenomena of the human mind: child geniuses.

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Babies might come off as cute and innocent, but are they actually evil geniuses out to manipulate and control us? Laci and Anthony uncover some new findings about how babies might just know more than we thought they did. Read More: Infant Show Ability To Tell Friends From Foes http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/01/08/infants-show-ability-tell-friends-foes "Even before babies have language skills or much information about social structure, they can infer whether others are likely to be friends by observing their likes and dislikes. Friends or Foes: Infants Use Shared Evaluations To Infer Others' Social Relationships http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24059843 "Predicting others' affiliative relationships is critical to social cognition, but there is little evidence of how this ability develops." Babies Know When You're Faking http://www.concordia.ca/news/media-relations/news-releases/cunews/main/releases/2013/10/16/babies-know.html "If you're happy and you know it clap your hands! That's easy enough for children to figure out because the emotion matches the movement." Cry Babies and Pollyannas: Infants Can Detect Unjustified Emotional Reactions http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/infa.12028/abstract "Infants are attuned to emotional facial and vocal expressions, reacting most prominently when they are exposed to negative expressions." Getting Back to the Rough Ground: Deception and 'Social Living' http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2346521/ "At the heart of the social intelligence hypothesis is the central role of 'Social Living.'" Zero to EightChildren's Media Use in America 2013 http://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/research/zero-to-eight-2013.pdf "Even a casual observer of children and families today knows big changes are afoot when it comes to children and new media technologies." Getting back to the rough ground: deception and 'social living' http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2346521/pdf/rstb20061999.pdf "At the heart of the social intelligence hypothesis is the central role of 'social living'." Early False-Belief Understanding in Traditional non-Western Societies http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/280/1755/20122654.full "The psychological capacity to recognize that other may hold and act on false beliefs has been proposed to reflect an evolved, species-typical adaptation for social reasoning in humans; however, controversy surrounds the development, timing, and universality of this trait." Watch More: Do Babies Have Feels? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKvBOk8H87M TestTube Wild Card: http://testtube.com/dnews/dnews-437-pets-make-us-healthier?utm_campaign=DNWC&utm_medium=DNews&utm_source=YT Baby Talk Makes Sense http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiVTTnt9ej8 ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni on Twitter http://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green on Twitter http://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez on Twitter http://twitter.com/trace501 DNews on Facebook http://facebook.com/dnews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com
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10 Famous Child Prodigies Here are 10 children who always came top of the class. Where else to find All Time 10s... Facebook: http://ow.ly/3FNFR Twitter: http://ow.ly/3FNMk Check out a selection of video's highlighting some Alltime10's favourite and interesting people.. @ http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=365DD325201BCB58
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Full video from the UP Experience available at: http://fora.tv/2013/10/24/jack_andraka Jack Andraka, who at age 15 developed a method for detecting early-warnings of pancreatic cancer, explains why the biggest setbacks to survival rates are pay walls.
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9-Year-Old college student Tanishq Abraham explains the recent findings of the Mars Curiosity Rover and discusses life on Mars with THNKR director Danny Stolzman. Created and produced by @radical.media, THNKR gives you extraordinary access to the people, stories, places and thinking that will change your mind. Follow THNKR on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thnkr Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thnkrtv Check out our Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/thnkr/ Photos and animations courtesy of: NASA (www.nasa.com) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce LadyDragonflyCC charity:water / Scott Harrison
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Savants can have severe mental disabilities, and yet are brilliant in certain areas like math, art, music, and memory. But now as Trace tells us, scientists are looking into what can be done to unlock this hidden power in all of us. Read More: "When Brain Damage Unlocks The Genius Within" http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-02/when-brain-damage-unlocks-genius-within?single-page-view=true "Brain damage has unleashed extraordinary talents in a small group of otherwise ordinary individuals. Will science find a way for everyone to tap their inner virtuoso?" "Electrically Stimulating the Brain Can Boost Visual Memory 110 Percent" http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-08/inhibiting-one-brain-region-also-implicated-autism-can-boost-your-visual-memory-110-percent "Literally donning an electrode-studded thinking cap can improve your memory by 110 percent, according to a new study by Australian researchers. " "Eureka! When a Blow to the Head Creates a Sudden Genius" http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/05/eureka-when-a-blow-to-the-head-creates-a-sudden-genius/257282/ "Brain injuries can sometimes reveal extraordinary talents in people. Now, savant syndrome is helping to create whole new fields of scientific discovery." "Unlock Your Inner Rain Man by Electrically Zapping Your Brain" http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/07/unlock-inner-savant/ "Imagine a creativity cap. A device that would free you, if only momentarily, from your mindsets, from your prejudices, from the mental blocks to creativity." "Brain Scan of a Savant" http://science.discovery.com/video-topics/brain-intelligence/ingenious-minds-brain-scan-of-a-savant.htm#mkcpgn=snag1 "Can regular people become savants?" http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/can-regular-people-become-savants "As Jonathan points out, the technical definition of a savant is someone who possesses detailed knowledge in a particular field. If we go by that usage, the question of whether regular people can be savants seems to be an unequivocal yes." "10 Most Fascinating Savants in the World" http://www.neatorama.com/2008/09/05/10-most-fascinating-savants-in-the-world/ "Can brain damage lead to extraordinary art?" http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/brain-damage-art2.htm "Savant syndrome often appears in childhood, frequently as a result of autism but sometimes after an illness, stroke or seizure." DNews is a show about the science of everyday life. We post two new videos every day of the week. Watch More http://www.youtube.com/dnewschannel Subscribe http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzWQYUVCpZqtN93H8RR44Qw?sub_confirmation=1 DNews Twitter https://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni Twitter: https://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green Twitter https://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez Twitter https://twitter.com/trace501 DNews Facebook http://www.facebook.com/DNews DNews Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/106194964544004197170/posts DNews Website http://discoverynews.com/
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Geniuses like Isaac Newton and Richard Feynman both had the ability to concentrate with a sort of intensity that is hard for mortals to grasp. Transcript -- I'm tempted to say smart, creative people have no particularly different set of character traits than the rest of us except for being smart and creative, and those being character traits. Then, on the other hand, I wrote a biography of Richard Feynman and a biography of Isaac Newton. Now, there are two great scientific geniuses whose characters were in some superficial ways completely different. Isaac Newton was solitary, antisocial, I think unpleasant, bitter, fought with his friends as much as with his enemies. Richard Feynman was gregarious, funny, a great dancer, loved women. Isaac Newton, I believe, never had sex. Richard Feynman, I believe, had plenty. So you can't generalize there. On the other hand, they were both, as I tried to get in their heads, understand their minds, the nature of their genius, I sort of felt I was seeing things that they had in common, and they were things that had to do with aloneness. Newton was much more obviously alone than Feynman, but Feynman didn't particularly work well with others. He was known as a great teacher, but he wasn't a great teacher, I don't think, one on one. I think he was a great lecturer. I think he was a great communicator. But when it came time to make the great discoveries of science, he was alone in his head. Now, when I say he, I mean both Feynman and Newton, and this applies, also, I think, to the geniuses that I write about in The Information, Charles Babbage, Alan Turing, Ada Byron. They all had the ability to concentrate with a sort of intensity that is hard for mortals like me to grasp, a kind of passion for abstraction that doesn't lend itself to easy communication, I don't think. Directed/Produced by Jonathan Fowler, Elizabeth Rodd, and Dillon Fitton
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Thanks to teaching methods such as the Suzuki school, "child prodigies" are more common than ever, yet most still peak early. How can parents help kids make the most of their gifts?
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Girl chess prodigy. Flensburg, Germany. Various shots 6 year old Jutta Hempel going along road on her scooter. Various shots Jutta playing football with boys. Interior shots Jutta standing at table where she is playing 12 men at chess. C/U Jutta. C/U of the men concentrating. C/U as Jutta makes a move. M/S as she completes the move, then goes along to the next game. C/U as she moves along tables. C/U as Jutta makes another move. C/U man looking baffled. C/U's of the other players M/S as Jutta makes a move. C/U Jutta chewing toffee. C/U of her feet as she leans against table. C/U as she makes a move taking one of her opponent's pieces. M/S as she moves along table to next game. C/U Jutta facing elderly man. C/U as Jutta makes her final move in the game. C/U Jutta smiling. Cataloguer's note: this item is part of the issue 'Pick of the Sports'. 90,000 historic films, all SEARCHABLE on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/britishpathe Join us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/britishpathe Tweet us @britishpathe FILM ID:1834.35
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Savant capabilities seem extraordinary, but what if they aren't? What if we all have amazing talents embedded in our brains? In this episode, we discuss different techniques that have revealed savant-like qualities in ordinary people. Check Out Adam Sessler on Rev3Games: http://www.youtube.com/rev3games Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on the HowStuffWorks team to explore - and explain - the everyday science in the world around us on BrainStuff. Watch More BrainStuff on TestTube http://testtube.com/brainstuff Subscribe Now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=brainstuffshow Watch More http://www.youtube.com/BrainStuffShow Twitter http://twitter.com/BrainStuffHSW Facebook http://facebook.com/BrainStuff Google+ http://gplus.to/BrainStuff
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