Albert Einstein was undoubtedly one of the most influential scientists of all time, advancing concepts that were far ahead of his time in quantum physics and gaining enormous notoriety for his theory of relativity.
Researchers from different fields have had a long time to think about how Einstein’s brain was different and what made him into such a genius. It should come as no surprise that Einstein’s brain had to be physiologically quite distinct from that of the average individual. A recent study has confirmed this to be so – the brilliant scientist who said “The only real valuable thing is intuition” only had one substantial difference in his brain – Einstein had a higher amount of neural connections between the left and the right side of his brain!
We know this because Einstein’s brain was removed about 8 hours after his death and scientists have been studying it ever since to find out the reason why he had such a brilliant mind. A study published in the research journal Brain, confirmed an extensive amount of connections at the Corpus Callosum of Einstein’s brain that allowed for more synchronicity between the two hemispheres by uniting them together. More connections between brain hemispheres and different brain regions enable wider analytical capabilities.
This means that, if we compare two brains, one “normal” and one which has higher connectivity we can expect that the brain with higher connectivity to reach faster conclusions and the results to the same problem are more accurate. More connections in the brain helps to analyze a problem through multiple different scenarios and involve the brain areas, which usually aren’t occupied with the certain problem, allowing the brain to have multiple “perspectives”. Higher connectivity also means that access to memories and to already stored knowledge is better and faster.
Einstein’s intellectual superiority was not only related to specific brain folding and specific properties in certain brain regions, but also strongly involved coordinated communication between the cerebral hemispheres.
Due to the strong link between brain hemispheres, Einstein's brain operated in a more synchronous way which made possible to achieve intuitive understanding of very complex problems.
Albert Einstein was also passionate about music and he loved to play the violin. He enjoyed classical music, particularly Mozart. It is said that his love of music and philosophy, combined with poor dressing skills made him seem more poet than scientist.
It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.
Albert Einstein In his struggles with extremely complicated mathematics that led to the general theory of relativity of 1915, Einstein often turned for inspiration to the simple beauty of Mozart's music.
Listening to music represents a complex cognitive function of the human brain, which is known to induce several neuronal and physiological changes. Listening to classical music enhanced the activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic neurotransmission, learning and memory. Today we know that music can also synchronize brainwave patterns and a synchronized brain acts as a neurological sensory organ for intuition, which is able to process information much faster.
When thinking about our five senses we naturally tend to think about the five organs they are associated with: the nose, mouth, eyes, ears and skin. But the reality is that the brain is actually the most powerful sensory organ we have – an organ that can be trained to develop memory, language skills, mathematical abilities and also intuition.
All of this can be achieved thanks to a property of the brain called neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to change and to adapt. The strength of intuition largely depends on the ability of your left and right brain hemispheres to communicate. The science of neuroplasticity has proven that it is possible to increase the number of neural connections between your brain hemispheres to increase the speed and frequency at which they communicate with one another. This can be achieved simply by training your brain in a specific way.
This specific training process will start linking the two sides of the brain by applying a specifically designed audio stimulant that synchronizes the electrical frequencies of both hemispheres by forcing the brain into carving out new neural connections – new wires - between the left and right side of the brain through the corpus callosum, which acts as the connection tunnel between the two. The training method relies on the fact that this tunnel can be made wider, so information traffic can flow much faster and more easily between the left and right side of the brain - resulting in a higher level of intuition.
We know that the left side of the brain deals mostly with analytical issues and the right side is mostly focused on creative work, however people are usually only good at only one of these characteristics – they are either creative or analytical. The definition of a gifted person is when that person is excellent at both. The greatest minds in the world were both creative and analytical at the same time. Their brains were simply put - synchronized.
So how can you train your brain for turning intuition into the strongest sense you have? What can you do to activate your full potential?
You do it as you learn anything new – by listening…
We are all born with some intuition that comes naturally. The only question is how much of it did we really get. Today we know that intuition is much like a muscle, it can be trained to become stronger.
In today’s world, having a high level of intuition has clearly become the key to a happy and successful life.
The Revolution of the Intuitive Mind provides a fascinating glimpse behind the science of intuition and explains how you can help yourself to unlock your true potential.