Saturday, July 21, 2007

Man, 44, lives normal life with unusual tiny brain

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A 44-year-old man with an extraordinarily tiny brain has managed a quite normal life as a married civil servant with two children despite his condition, according to Lionel Feuillet.

Neuropsychological testing revealed the man had an IQ of 75, with a verbal IQ of 84 and performance IQ of 70. The bulk of people in society have a minimum IQ of 85, although the benchmark and the way it is measured are sometimes contested.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans of his brain show a huge fluid-filled chamber called a ventricle taking up most of the room in his skull, leaving little more than a thin sheet of actual brain tissue, in this handout image released by French researchers July 19, 2007. Link

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