Captions provided by CCTubes – Captioning the Internet! What makes a genius special? Is a brain of a genius different than yours or mine? What did Albert Einstein’s brain look like?
Our brain is the command center for the nervous system. The part of body that ensures we are conscious and can experience life. It receives input from our five senses: seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling, and it sends output commands to the muscles. The human brain weighs about 3.3 lbs. (1.5 kilograms), contains roughly 86 billion nerve cells, and billions of nerve fibers. These neurons contain trillions of connections, or synapses. The brain is a complex living computer. But are all brains built the same? That’s what we’ll be looking at in this episode of the Infographics Show: How geniuses brains are different from our own.
Intelligence is one of the key measures for being a genius. So before we answer this question, let’s first look at what intelligence is and how it actually can be measured. The definition of intelligence itself is not an entirely firm definition. There are a number of ways of measuring it: academic intelligence, social intelligence, emotional intelligence or even, artistic intelligence to name just a few. And even when you look at something such as academic intelligence, it can be subdivided further into areas such as analytical skill, reading comprehension, and problem solving. So at first glance it’s not all that straight forward.
However, regardless of the lens through which you view intelligence, people across these various categories, who have a higher level of intelligence, tend to be able to navigate the challenges of life better than those individuals deemed to have a cognitive deficit. And this brings us to IQ. IQ stands for intelligence quotient, and it is a total score derived from several standardized tests designed to assess human intelligence. While an IQ test is not the perfect measure of a person’s intelligence, scientific studies that have looked at brain activity of people with high IQ scores can provide some useful insight into what makes intelligence.
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