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Monday, June 27, 2016


Brain markers of numeric, verbal, and spatial reasoning abilities found
June 23, 2016

A new study found that higher concentrations of NAA (N-acetyl aspartate) in the medial parietal and posterior cingulate cortices of the brain were associated with better performance on verbal and spatial tests. NAA is a byproduct of glucose metabolism and an indicator of brain health. (credit: Graphic by Julie McMahon and Erick Paul) A new study helps explain how brain structure and chemistry relate to “fluid intelligence” — the ability to adapt to new situations and solve problems one has never encountered before. The study, reported in an open-access paper in the journal NeuroImage, observed two facets of fluid intelligence*: Verbal or spatial reasoning was linked to higher … more…

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