Did Einstein’s brain look different from yours?

Published on November 1st, 2011
Did Einstein's brain look different from yours?

What part of your brain makes you smart? Is it the size? Or the amount of ‘wrinkles’ on the surface? Turns out it’s not that simple…

According to a 2004 study at the University of California, the volume of gray matter (the outer wrinkly part of your brain) in an area called the cerebral cortex (where thought and reasoning happen) have a greater effect on intelligence than your brain’s total volume. What does this mean?

If Einstein’s brain is anything to go by (and we all know it is) this statement rings true. An analysis of Einstein’s brain showed that it was smaller than the average brain, but parts of his parietal lobe (the area that handles sensory input) were wider than average. These larger areas are related to Maths and spatial reasoning, which could explain some of the brainy guy’s brilliance.

Einstein’s parietal lobe was also missing a groove that’s found in most people’s brains, and analysts believe this enabled different regions of his brain to communicate better.

But hang on. Before you go blaming bad marks on your brain, remember this: it’s up to you to make the most of your brain, so study hard at school and who knows – you could become the next Einstein…