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Four NOVA scienceNOW segments investigate intelligence, genius, and the role the brain plays in determining both.
- Einstein’s Brain. Does genius come from genetics or hard work? Examining rare medical slides and photos of Einstein’s brain, researchers seek out the biological roots of his genius.
- What Is Intelligence? Is intelligence in your DNA, or is it the product of simple practice and memory tricks? Scientists searching for the biological source of intelligence are using imaging techniques to map complex neural networks that may be the key.
- Mystery of the Savant Brain. Meet George Widener, a calendar-calculating savant who can tell you what day of the week any date falls upon. What mystery of neuroscience makes one a savant? Scientists explain.
- Profile: Sian Beilok. Why do some people "choke" in stressful situations? Cognitive psychologist Beilock investigates what happens in the brain when choking happens—and discovers ways in which to overcome it.
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