Scientists dissect mystery of genius

By Sanjay Gupta
CNN

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (CNN) — A young man in a white physician’s coat and a bow tie is walking toward us down the sidewalk, a plastic five-gallon bucket swinging from his hand.

“That must be our brain,” I say to my producer.

We’re at the Mental Illness and Neurodiscovery, or MIND, Institute, where they literally look inside the brain to try to spot creativity and genius.

The MIND Institute, an independent research site funded mostly with federal dollars, has perhaps the largest collection of sophisticated brain imaging devices in the world.

As a neurosurgeon, I don’t normally slice brains open, right down the middle, so this will give me a different perspective.

With pathologist Robert Reichard and Rex Jung, a psychologist at the MIND Institute who studies creativity, we head to the dissection room.

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