In the News: What Makes a Genius?

When National Geographic asked the question, “What makes a genius?” their reporter turned to Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Jefferson. Dr. Newberg is a nuclear medicine physician and in a recent experiment used MRI to chart the brain pathways of creative people.
Brain image

As an example, one scan of a “genius brain” showed more bands of red. He said “The more red you see, the more connecting fibers there are… This implies that there’s more communication going on between the left and the right hemispheres, which one might expect in people who are highly creative,” he continued.

Although the information was enlightening, Dr. Newberg cautions, “I don’t know yet what else we might find out. This is just one piece.”

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