Photos of Einstein’s postmortem brain were recently unearthed and offer some interesting insights reported in a journal called, well, Brain:
Among the asymmetries observed by the authors of the Brain article are Einstein’s parietal lobes, where much of the circuitry for visuospatial and mathematical thinking is housed. On the surface of Einstein’s primary motor cortex, an enlarged “knob” is evident in the area where the brain “represents” the left hand: The authors of the study surmised that this is probably the result of Einstein’s early and extensive training on the violin.
The surfaces of Einstein’s visual cortex were found to be particularly dense with folds — evidence, perhaps, of the physicist’s unique talent for closing his eyes and visualizing objects, the authors wrote.
Not so surprising was the finding that Einstein’s prefrontal cortices — the seat of higher reasoning and judgment — were “relatively expanded.”
A more detailed look at the scientists’ findings is available in PDF format.
Photo: Einstein in a 1936 file photo. Credit: Associated Press