La Réserve Magazine Rethinking Luxury
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Nothing more closely resembles a human brain than another human brain… and yet some people develop prodigious, extraordinary aptitudes. Why? How? Welcome to the circumvoluted world of gray matter, as described by Idriss Aberkane, neuroscience expert and author of the bestseller Free your brain, published by Robert Laffont.
How does the brain of a prodigy work?
“Mental athletes” have the distinctive ability of associating several regions of the brain in an extremely powerful way. Their brains are physiologically identical to those of the average individual. They have the same number of neurons. And even when these brains are super-trained, they do not grow, instead remaining “modestly” housed in the same skull. With these people, it’s not the hard disk that’s different, but rather the operating system, which they use in a more ergonomic manner, setting up connections between several areas that most of us activate separately. This enables a “mental calculator” like Rüdiger Gamm to develop outstanding abilities, such as dividing prime numbers to the 60th decimal point.
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