May 08, 2017 07:01 PM EDT
Scientists have analyzed the brain of the 17th-century philosopher, Rene Descartes. They found that Descartes brain' had an unusual bulge in the frontal cortex, the area that processes the meaning of words.
For decades, scientists have analyzed the brain of genius like Albert Einstein. The scientists used the real and actual brain to study, which was preserved for the research and academic purpose. Unfortunately, Descartes' brain has been decomposed before modern day scientists are able to study it. What remains from one of the 17th century renowned philosophers his skull.
In order to get a better understanding of his brain, scientists use the skull, which was kept in French National Museum of Natural History in Paris for 200 years, to study Descartes' brain. They scanned the remaining of his skull using the CT-scan to create a three-dimensional image of Descartes' brain, according to report from Science Magazine.
The scientists that analyzed Descartes' brain were led by Charlier Philippe, a renowned French forensic scientist. Philippe and his ten colleagues have also published their work in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.
Once the 3D image of the Descartes' brain was obtained, scientists could begin to conduct a neuroanatomical examination of Descartes' brain, in order to make functional assumptions. Following the complete scanning, the result showed that his brain was surprisingly normal, compared to 102 other modern humans that have been analyzed.
However, scientists discovered one finding that stood out from the CT-scan result of Descartes' brain, an unusual bulge in his frontal cortex. The frontal cortex, also known as the frontal lobe, is a part of the brain that is responsible for human cognitive behavior. The large size of this part showed an excellent expression and ability to orchestrate a thought into action and conveying the thought into words.
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