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Brain Cogn. 2014 Jul;88:21-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2014.04.004. Epub 2014 May 14.

Neuromythology of Einstein's brain.

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  • 1Psychology Department, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY, United States; Neurology Department, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, United States. Electronic address:


The idea that the brain of the great physicist Albert Einstein is different from "average" brains in both cellular structure and external shape is widespread. This belief is based on several studies examining Einstein's brain both histologically and morphologically. This paper reviews these studies and finds them wanting. Their results do not, in fact, provide support for the claim that the structure of Einstein's brain reflects his intellectual abilities.

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Genius; Intelligence

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