Brain Growth, Cortical Columns, IQ And An Unknown Enhancement Of Mental Capacity?

Human populations today vary at several gene loci that regulate brain growth: ASPM, MCPH1, CDK5RAP2, and CENPJ. At these loci, the most recent alleles likewise seem to favor brain growth by allowing each cortical column of neurons to expand outward over a longer period of time. Interestingly, the main result does not seem to be higher IQ, but rather some other, still unknown, enhancement of mental capacity (Frost, 2008; Montgomery & Mundy, 2010; Rimol et al., 2010; Wang et al., 2008).

-- Peter Frost

from "The eternal infant"

Quoted on Wed Jun 22nd, 2011