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Scientists Can Now Predict Intelligence from Brain Scans

Ralph Adolphs, Director of the Caltech Brain Imaging Center, together with researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of Salerno has shown that their new computing tool can predict a person's intelligence from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of their resting state brain activity. Functional MRI develops a map of brain activity by detecting changes in blood flow to specific brain regions. An individual's intelligence can be gleaned from patterns of activity in their brain when they're not doing or thinking anything in particular—no math problems, no vocabulary quizzes, no puzzles.

Funding for the research was provided by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience at Caltech, the Carver Mead New Ventures Fund, and a grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

Read more on the Caltech Website here.