Summary. Geniuses are both born and made. While genetics can explain up to 75% of variations in IQ levels, factors like socioeconomic status and home environment decide whether a person achieves their full genetic IQ potential.
Scientists don't know exactly what causes someone to be a genius. There is probably a genetic component to your level of intelligence. Certain types of genes influence how much intellectual power you have. Your child's genetic influences affect their motivation, confidence, and other traits.
Like most aspects of human behavior and cognition, intelligence is a complex trait that is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors.
Being a genius isn't as simple as being smart or having a high IQ. While intelligence is, of course, a prerequisite of genius status, there are other things at play here – including creativity, self-awareness, and an innate ability to ask questions few others have ever asked.
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The key is to let go of the myth that giftedness is innate. David Shenk, author of The Genius in All of Us, says it's virtually impossible to determine any individual's true intellectual limitations at any age; anyone has the potential for genius or, at the very least, greatness.
GENIUSES LOOK AT PROBLEMS IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS.
Genius often comes from finding a new perspective that no one else has taken. Leonardo da Vinci believed that to gain knowledge about the form of problems, you begin by learning how to restructure it in many different ways.
If you're the youngest or middle child in your family, get ready for some unwelcome news: Your eldest sibling is likely right when they brag about being the oldest and the wisest.
First-born children's thinking skills outperform their siblings because they receive more mental stimulation from their parents in their early years, research suggests. First borns score higher than their siblings in IQ tests as early as age one, the study has found.
A University of Edinburgh study shows first-born children have higher IQs and better thinking skills than their siblings. The study says that shows first-born kids get more mental stimulation than their brothers and sisters.
Terman defined “potential genius” as having an IQ of 140 and above, which is about 1 in every 250 people, while American psychologist Leta Hollingworth used as an even higher IQ threshold (180), which would translate to approximately 1 in every two million people.
Although science is on the fence about whether you can raise your IQ or not, research does seem to suggest that it's possible to raise your intelligence through certain brain-training activities. Training your memory, executive control, and visuospatial reasoning can help to boost your intelligence levels.
Researchers have previously shown that a person's IQ is highly influenced by genetic factors, and have even identified certain genes that play a role. They've also shown that performance in school has genetic factors. But it's been unclear whether the same genes that influence IQ also influence grades and test scores.
Early twin studies of adult individuals have found a heritability of IQ between 57% and 73%, with some recent studies showing heritability for IQ as high as 80%. IQ goes from being weakly correlated with genetics for children, to being strongly correlated with genetics for late teens and adults.
The study examined the ages and discoveries of Nobel Prize-winning scientists and inventors, and found that while true genius requires a lot of hard work early in life, most creative achievements happen much later—and even Einstein didn't fully work out his theory of relativity until his mid-thirties.
It's possible that he had “sudden savant syndrome”, in which exceptional abilities emerge after a brain injury or disease. It's extremely rare, with just 25 verified cases on the planet. There's Tony Cicoria, an orthopaedic surgeon who was struck by lightning at a New York park in 1994.
Geniuses have a denser concentration of mini-columns than the rest of the population – it seems that they simply pack more in. Mini-columns are sometimes described as the brain's 'microprocessors', powering the thought process of the brain. Research shows that geniuses have fewer dopamine receptors in the thalamus.
For example, raw speed in processing information appears to peak around age 18 or 19, then immediately starts to decline. Meanwhile, short-term memory continues to improve until around age 25, when it levels off and then begins to drop around age 35.
Your success in life may be influenced by your birth order, according to the economist Sandra E. Black. Black points to research she and her colleagues have conducted that found that firstborns tend to be smarter, richer, and all-around more successful than their younger siblings.
The survey concluded that parents tend to favour their youngest child over the elder. More than half of the parents quizzed said they preferred their youngest child, while only 26 per cent said that their favourite child was their eldest.
While many endeavors of geniuses lead to remarkable results, it doesn't always come, worry-free. In fact, a common trait that geniuses have is the tendency to overthink things and worry, incessantly.
While they might have high standards and big picture concerns, research shows that people with high IQs are actually more likely to be happy; data from the research showed that people with the highest IQs were much happier than those with the lowest IQs.