Providing an explanation for Albert Einstein's extraordinary brilliance, a new study has revealed that the left and right hemisphere's of Einstein's brain were unusually well connected, the Huffington Post reported on Saturday.
A group of scientists led by Weiwei Men from the East China Normal University in Shanghai published the study. One of the co-authors, Dean Falk, noted in a press release that the study is of great significance as it
Really gets at the 'inside' of Einstein's brain. It provides new information that helps make sense of what is known about the surface of Einstein's brain."
The study, recently published in Brain, suggests that Einstein's corpus callosum was thicker average, which indicates a greater connectivity between the left and right hemisphere's of the brain. Those who possess a strong connection between both hemispheres of the brain often possess higher levels of intelligence as well. Previous research has also indicated that Einstein's brain had a complex prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain associated with abstract thinking.
Falk and his colleagues came to the conclusion about Einstein's brain after studying a series of unpublished photographs, taken from multiple angles, of Einstein's brain. The research team analysed the thickness of the brain's corpus callosum and compared the observations to the brain structures found in 15 elderly men and 52 men of Einstein's age in 1905. 1905 is a year of particular significance as it is the same year that Einstein wrote the Annus Mirabilis papers, which contained groundbreaking scientific revelations, including the physicist's theory of relativity.