Photos of Einstein’s Brain Show Unique Knobs, Grooves and Ridges

April 22, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Anthropologist Dean Falk at Florida State University in Tallahassee compared photos of Albert Einstein’s brain to dozens of photos and measurements of cadaver brains, concluding that the genius who developed the theory of relativity possessed a unique brain structure containing special knobs, grooves and ridges in his motor cortex and parietal lobes. Falk believes these unique features may help explain Einstein’s talent as “a synthetic thinker.”

How do the knobs, grooves and ridges explain Einstein’s genius? Falk believes the pronounced knob on Einstein’s motor cortex that controls the left hand, explains Einstein’s musical ability as a violin player. Previous studies have connected such knobs with musical ability. Musical ability has also been shown to be a precursor to advanced mathematical abilities.

Additionally, Falk believes the distinct grooves and ridges of Einstein’s parietal lobes, which were also larger than normal, may help explain his talent to think conceptually in images and sensations, instead of words. Falk calls this ability Einstein’s synthetic thinking.

Although, Falk admits her findings are hypothetical, because she was limited to studying old photographs of Einstein’s brain, scientists still find the results intriguing.

When Einstein died in 1955 at Princeton Hospital in New Jersey, pathologist, Thomas Harvey removed Einstein’s brain, preserving, measuring and photographing it. Most of the brain was eventually chopped up into pieces and preserved on slides, with the last remaining piece donated to the University Medical Center of Princeton.

Ironically, Einstein’s brain was on the small side for such a mighty intellect, weighing in at only 1230 grams, which falls at the low end of average for modern human brains.

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