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The Extraordinary IQ of Einstein

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Albert Einstein was notoriously genius, but what exactly was his IQ and what made him so unique? What gave Einstein his quirky edge, and how did that contribute to his overall genius? Researchers have been attempting to answer this question for years—including spawning rumors Einstein's brain was sliced and diced in hopes of unlocking the secret to his intelligence. We do know that following Einstein's death and cremation, Princeton Hospital pathologist Thomas Harvey took ownership of the brain and dispersed its parts to more than 200 prominent scientists around the world. At the end of Harvey's life, when he discovered he would be unable to garner anything conclusive from his studies of Einstein's brain, returned the organ to Princeton Hospital, where it remains to be studied today. Although there was no magical discovery, researchers did find the area of Einstein's brain which houses mathematical reasoning, 3-D visualization and spatial understanding—the parietal lobe—was 15 percent larger than his cohorts. How does this play into his genius?

So was Einstein really all that different from the average person? How did alleged diagnoses like ADHD and Autism help him creatively and uniquely understand the world better? We will probably never know all of Einstein's secrets, but we can learn a little more about his life through these interviews, footage and scientific perspectives on perhaps the most famous genius the world has yet to witness.

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Contrary to popular belief, Einstein didn't have a learning disability... but he did marry his cousin. Know of any other interesting facts about Albert Einstein? Have an idea for a future top 10? Let us know in the comment section below! #10 Unique Style #9 The Pocket Compass #8 Deep Depression #7 Einstein's Publications #6 Marriage Contract #5 Learning Abilities #4 Einstein's Brain #3 President of Israel #2 Smoking his pipe #1 Marrying his Cousin References: http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,31490,00.html http://www.einstein-website.de/z_information/faq-e.html http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,817454,00.html http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/einsteins-brain.htm http://www.sparknotes.com/biography/einstein/section1.rhtml http://www.listsofnote.com/2012/04/einsteins-demands.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/horizon/einstein_equation_prog_summary.shtml http://www.doug-long.com/einstein.htm http://www.amnh.org/learn/pd/physical_science/profiles/aeinstein.html http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/19980907140525data_trunc_sys.shtml Voice Over Talent: www.JimDenisonVoice.com www.Facebook.com/denisonvoice
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Probably history's most famous scientist, Albert Einstein made huge breakthroughs in various fields. He's the favourite scientist of David Fairhurst from Nottingham Trent University. More favourite scientists at http://www.favscientist.com/
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By any and all measures, Einstein was a genius. But what made him so different from any other person? Turns out his brain was wired in a very different way! Anthony takes a look inside to show you the ways in which Einstein's brain was both different and similar to yours. Read More: The corpus callosum of Albert Einstein's brain: another clue to his high intelligence? http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/09/24/brain.awt252 Anatomy of the Corpus Callosum Reveals Its Function http://www.jneurosci.org/content/28/7/1535.full "The corpus callosum (CC) comprises axons connecting the cortices of the two cerebral hemispheres and is the principal white matter fiber bundle in the brain." Einstein's Corpus Callosum Explains His Genius-Level Intellect http://guardianlv.com/2013/10/einsteins-corpus-callosum-explains-his-genius-level-intellect/ "Einstein was undoubtedly one of the most influential physicists of all time, advancing concepts in quantum physics and gaining enormous notoriety for his theory of relativity." THE CORPUS CALLOSUM AND STEREOPSIS http://hubel.med.harvard.edu/book/b34.htm "The corpus callosum, a huge band of myelinated fibers, connects the two cerebral hemispheres. Stereopsis is one mechanism for seeing depth and judging distance." Reduced Laterality as a Trait Marker of Schizophrenia-Evidence from Structural and Functional Neuroimaging http://www.jneurosci.org/content/30/6/2289.long "Laterality is a characteristic principle of the organization of the brain systems for language, and reduced hemispheric asymmetry has been considered a risk factor for schizophrenia." Decreased activation and increased lateralization in brain functioning for selective attention and response inhibition in adolescents with spina bifida. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22145814 "We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate functional activity in the brain of adolescents with spina bifida when performing selective attention and response inhibition tasks." Neuroplasticity: Changes in grey matter induced by training http://www.nature.com/index.html?file=/nature/journal/v427/n6972/full/427311a_fs.html "Does the structure of an adult human brain alter in response to environmental demands?" The musician's brain as a model of neuroplasticity http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12042882 "Studies of experience-driven neuroplasticity at the behavioural, ensemble, cellular and molecular levels have shown that the structure and significance of the eliciting stimulus can determine the neural changes that result." Training-induced neuroplasticity in young children http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19673782 "As the main interhemispheric fiber tract, the corpus callosum (CC) is of particular importance for musicians who simultaneously engage parts of both hemispheres to process and play music." Lateralization of Cerebral Functions http://mimh.edu/Portals/0/SampleChapterLateralizationofCerebralFunctions.pdf "The human brain is clearly divided into hemispheres by a deep longitudinal fissure. Although these hemispheres are similar from a gross anatomical point of view, research over the past century suggests that they have specialized functions." The More Hemispheric Lateralization, the Better Thinking Performance http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2013/the-more-hemispheric-lateralization-the-better-thinking-performance.shtml "By examining activity of the living human brain at rest via fMRI, NIMH intramural scientists have discovered a secret to how it enhances thinking ability." Brain halves interact differently with each other http://firstlook.pnas.org/brain-halves-interact-differently-with-each-other/ "...findings detailed this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveal another fundamental difference between the brain's halves - they interact with each other differently, with left-side regions biased to interact more strongly with the same hemisphere, while right-side areas interact more strongly with both hemispheres." Watch More: Reshape Your Brain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XwFahi-qf8 Test Tube Wild Card: http://testtube.com/dnews/dnews-462-cool-sound-waves?utm_campaign=DNWC&utm_medium=DNews&utm_source=YT The Right/Left Brain Myth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE6VTvxkhFs ____________________ 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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Albert Einstein 1879-1955 http://www.cloudbiography.com Albert Einstein developed the general theory of relativity. All content is either in the public domain or licensed pursuant to a Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ Attribution: http://cloudbiography.com/attribution.html
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http://bigthink.com The physicist scoffed at the idea of quantum entanglement, calling it "spooky action at a distance." And while it has in fact been proven to exist, this entanglement can't be used to transmit any usable information.
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It has been revealed that Einstein literally had an unusual brain. Are certain parts of Albert Einstein's brain the reason for his legendary level of genius? Analysis of photos taken after his death show that some parts of Einstein's brain had distinguishing features that scientists think might have contributed to his intellect. 14 recently discovered pictures of Einstein's brain were analyzed using modern imaging techniques and compared to 85 different human brains from past studies. Anthropologist Dean Falk from Florida State University in Tallahassee said that the results of the analysis show "the complexity and pattern of convolutions on certain parts of Einstein's cerebral cortex." His brain's convolutions may have given the prefrontal cortex a larger than normal surface area, which might have led to his genius. The analysis also showed that the part of Einstein's brain that was connected to his left hand is expanded, which may have influenced his abilities as a violinist. A 1985 study discovered that two parts of Einstein's brain had a lot of non-neuronal cells, called glial. When Albert Einstein died in 1955, his family gave scientists permission to remove his brain and study it.
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It's creative thinkers like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs who change the world, says New York's ex-governor, who is stepping back into public life.
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Meet the 12-year-old with IQ higher than Einstein and Stephen Hawking. A 12 year old school girl in Liverpool, England has a higher IQ score than Albert Einstein. She scored 162, which is two points higher than that of the famed German physicist, and Professor Stephen Hawking. She is now ranked in the top one percent in the world for intelligence. She has been accepted into the network of geniuses from around the world called Mensa, and her teachers have decided to assign her more homework. After excelling in an after school study program, one of her teachers let the students take the 90 minute Mensa test, which calculates intelligence. Her school's Principal Kay Askew said: "The success of the Mensa enrichment club shows how with the right support, students can excel and become the best in the world." The young girl is focusing on acting and reportedly memorized her lines for her part in a rendition of Shakespeare's Macbeth in 24 hours. Do you think IQ tests are an accurate measurement of intelligence?