A recent study confirms and extends what is already suspected for over half a century: that Albert Einstein’s brain was not physically like most people.
It was verified that some parts of Einstein’s brain was different from most people, and it is likely that these differences were associated with cognitive extraordinary genius, as evidenced by the results of the new study led by the evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk of Florida State University in the United States.
Falk and colleagues Frederick E. Lepore of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, attached to the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, and Adrianne Noe, director of the U.S. National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland, have been described for the first time the full cortex Einstein’s brain from a review of 14 newly discovered photographs. The researchers compared the brains of 85 human brains Einstein “normal” and, in light of current studies based on brain scans made with modern technology, have deduced the cognitive consequences of their unusual characteristics.
Although the total size and the asymmetric shape of Einstein’s brain were normal, the prefrontal, somatosensory, primary motor, parietal, temporal and occipital were, in Falk’s words, “extraordinary.” These might give Einstein the neurological basis of some mathematical and visuospatial skills, for example.
After Einstein died in 1955, his brain was removed and photographed from multiple angles. Moreover, divided into 240 portions, from which were prepared histological samples.
Unfortunately, most of the photographs, samples and portions have been out of the public outreach for more than 55 years. The 14 photographs used by the authors of the new study are now in the hands of that museum of health and medicine.