After Albert Einstein died in 1955,his brain was removed and photographed from multiple angles with the permission of his family.
Now these photogrpahs were a subject material for Florida State University evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk.She alongwith her colleagues Frederick E. Lepore of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Adrianne Noe, Director of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, studied for the first time the entire cerebral cortex of Einstein’s brain from an examination of 14 of these photographs.
On the basis of these photographs,they compared Einstein’s brain to 85 ‘normal’ human brains,and in the backdrop of functional imaging studies,interpreted its unusual features.
According to Falk,in size and shape,Einstein’s brain was normal.But his “prefrontal, somatosensory, primary motor, parietal, temporal and occipital cortices were extraordinary.”
This was interpreted by Falk in these words:” These may have provided the neurological underpinnings for some of his visuospatial and mathematical abilities, for instance.”
The study, “The Cerebral Cortex of Albert Einstein: A Description and Preliminary Analysis of Unpublished Photographs,”is slated to be published in the journal Brain.