Here's How Einstein's Brain Differed From An Average Person's

Here's How Einstein's Brain Differed From An Average Person's

After Einstein's death, his brain was removed, photographed, and sliced into 240 blocks for research purposes. Several studies have since been conducted on the famous scientist's brain and its purportedly unique anatomy. A 2013 study was the first to analyze the corpus callosum, and found that many segments in Einstein's brain were thicker than average, hinting at a stronger connection between his hemispheres. Another study, conducted in 2012, noted that Einstein's parietal lobes were asymmetrical, the right one being far larger than the left. The correlation between these features and Einstein's incredible mental abilities aren't exactly clear, but many scientists believe that examining his brain's oddities can help to explain his groundbreaking ideas.

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    If brain size correlated with intelligence, the sperm whale would be the world's smartest animal. (0:47)

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    Neanderthals had larger brains than humans. (2:37)

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    Einstein's brain was no bigger than average, but it did have areas that appeared more developed. (4:15)

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