Your Brain vs Genius Brain – How Do They Compare


Our brain is the command center for the nervous
system. The organ 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. So how then, if we start by using IQ as a
measure, how do we define a genius? One of the more famous studies was by Lewis
Terman, the Stanford University psychologist who helped pioneer the IQ test. Terman believed this test that captured intelligence
would also reveal genius, so in the 1920s he began tracking more than 1,500 Californian
school kids with IQs above 140. This was a threshold he labeled as near genius
or genius. He wanted to see how they fared in life by
comparing them with other children. He followed the children for their lifetimes
and mapped their successes in a series of reports known as the Genetic Studies of Genius. What did Terman discover? The main discovery he made was that above
average intelligence on its own is no guarantee of monumental achievement. A number of the participants struggled with
success, despite the fact they were overachievers on the IQ scale. Several dozen dropped out of college, but
others from the test group with IQs that weren’t high enough to make the cut, grew up to become
masters in their fields. Most notably were Luis Alvarez and William
Shockley, both of whom won Nobel Prizes in physics. Other interesting research studies have shown
that people who have an above average IQ use different regions of the brain whilst solving
tasks, than people with average score on the IQ scale. One of the earlier studies from Slovenia showed
that people who had an IQ above 127, which is considered highly intelligent, were more
efficiently able to use different regions of the brain when solving tasks. But maybe being a genius is not as simple
as how high your IQ score is and there is more behind the great minds of people such
as Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare, Mozart, Tolstoy, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Curie, and
Einstein? To really understand the difference between
the brain of a genius and that of our own, we need to dive inside the minds of some of
these people. Luckily scientists have studied the brains
of a few of them. Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical
physicist who developed the theory of relativity. One of the greatest minds ever born. When Einstein died on 18 April 1955, Thomas
Stoltz Harvey took his brain without the permission of his family. It was preserved, dissected, photographed,
and even mailed to other scientists in hopes that studying it might reveal the mystery
of his genius. Over the years that followed, several interesting
features of his brain were discovered – there were more extensive connections between the
two hemispheres of his brain, it was lighter than average weight, and part of the brain
known as the lateral sulcus, was enlarged, as was the area dedicated to mathematical
and spatial thought, which is maybe not such a surprise with Einstein’s achievements. His brain is still around to be seen today. If you’d like to take a peek, it’s one
of the permanent exhibitions of the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “I think, therefore, I am” are words made
famous by the French philosopher Rene Descartes and another genius brain that’s been studied. In mathematics, Descartes invented the Cartesian
plane, allowing algebraic ideas to be expressed geometrically. Descartes died in 1650 and so his brain is
long forgotten, however scientists recently analyzed the shape of his skull looking for
clues as to how his brain shape might have differed from yours or ours. Using a CT scan, they saw that his skull looked
pretty normal, until they found a bulge in the frontal lobe area, which may correlate
to the part of the brain responsible for applying words to abstract notions. So again these abnormalities in the shape
and behavior of the brain may be the difference between geniuses and our own brain. Michael Michalko, the author of a book Cracking
Creativity says that the difference between genius and ordinary is that the genius simply
knows how to think, instead of what to think. If you are focusing on the how, then you have
time to create new concepts that are entirely innovative. That’s how scientists such as Einstein have
been able to think up complex equations to model how the universe operates. You could say a genius looks at a problem
in a different way than most people do, and combines thoughts, images and ideas into different
patterns that occur in the world and that most of us don’t see. A great example is Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian
genius who lived 500 years ago and whose areas of interest included invention, painting,
sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology,
astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. Da Vinci connected a bell ringing to a flat
stone hitting the water and causing waves. This conclusion led him to think that sound,
like water, also traveled in waves. He was, of course, correct. Can we really tell if people are geniuses
by the shape of their brain, or are there many other factors at play such as IQ and
education; or is it all just down to chance? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
Weirdest Brain Disorders. Thanks for watching, and as always, please
don’t forget to like, share and subscribe. See you next time!

100 thoughts on “Your Brain vs Genius Brain – How Do They Compare

  1. We mentioned a few geniuses in the video. Can you think of any other geniuses that made our world better because of their inventions, ideas etc.?

  2. A Genius wouldnt watch this video becouse he would be able to know it, how do I know it ? Becouse I know it.
    If you think this is a shit post, some of your imagines are shit post to. Sorry if I hurt you, even I am not realy sorry and never will be.

  3. What Curie did is not significant enough to be classified in the likes of Einstein and the rest, she "helped" discover plutonium and Radium, and she wasn't the only one to win a nobel prize for that, you could havw atleast put Richard feynman or Nichola tesla in her place, but jeeez you got to include them women, gender diversity.

  4. Being a genius myself, I can tell you that it's definitely a result of diet. Einstein lived in Germany – delicious food, sausages and beer, BAM genius. Isaac Newton was English, eating shepherd pies, bangers and mash, and other types of pie, POW genius. Leonardo DaVinci was Italian, eating lasagna, spaghetti, prosciutto e melone, and red wine, BANG brilliance. I, personally, eat plenty of pizza, beer, and tater tots which explains my unfathomable genius.

  5. the one and only thing that makes a person genius is, how he chooses his thoughts and how he chooses to think. A brain is just a tool, the real player is the thought of a person that he thinks all day long.

  6. There's no such thing as "emotional intelligence, social intelligence, or artistic intelligence" or the like. Those are just different personality traits. Such as extraversion, openness to experience (creativity), or agreeableness.
    They aren't "intelligences"

  7. ''I think, therefore, I am'' how can this guy be considered genius after saying such an idiotic statement. Like animals and other life don't exist because they cannot think? 😀

  8. In the austrian iq test i got 130, I still craft paperplanes, when I get bored. Examples like this show nothing…
    And Im not even saying that Im a genius, Im an Idiot most of the times

  9. I am 14. I feel I am smart in some things but bad at others. I have low self confidence and always feel different than other people. I do not know what to do

  10. Haven’t been here in ages (due to a certain reason which I shall not discuss) but you’re still going good and your videos are still pretty informative. good job, people xD

  11. Throw this geniuses in an Islands without any modern survival tools lets see how they will use their intelligence how to survive

  12. Being a genius is not about intelligence, skills, maths or english, it is about understanding, confidence and kindness.

  13. My dad has le IQ of 150 which is only 12 less than Einstein yet I sit here with probably le IQ of a squirrel. My sister is more smarter than me I always let him down.. any way to get smarter pls???

  14. "Everyone is Equal; 'MLK=Hitler', 'Albert Einstein=Ted Bundy', etc."

    Your Brain relies on Blood Flow, which in inhibited by Inflammation.
    Take Cold Showers and you will be better able to Think.

  15. This video proves that god doesnt exist, so many people believe we have a soul and thst we are a piece of god, and i try to explain that our consciousness is the only thing that makes us, us. Like our soul doesnt collect and store our memories and get passed on to heaven like so many people think . there is no soul, just our heart, and our brain and all the things making our body work.

  16. So Einstein wasn't genius, cause he had an IQ of 131. And you have so many other flaws in the rest of this video based mostly on theories insted on facts

  17. I think if you will put all ur energy, all ur time and all of ur concentration on ur favourite thing forget rest of things. Aftr few yrs you will be called Genius by others for sure.

  18. My intelligence was tested by a psychiatrist and a neurologist and I got an IQ 125. I also took an IQ test at university and got an IQ 120.

  19. Do we still have einstein dna. If so i want to clone him on mars. Im not joking im serious. There are no ethic laws on mars

  20. My sister has an iq of above 130, making her pretty dang smart, I hope that I too, am smart, if I ever get my iq tested, most likely not as I have never excelled at anything and the only reason she got the iq test was because she did well in school and I believe the school recommended it, but I may be remembering things wrong on that last bit

  21. 3:05 the image is wrong. must be the opposite: the geniuses are the ones playing with the paper plane, and the average people are the ones whom need to study reading.

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