“Hyper Brains”? High Intelligence and Health

Intelligence is not gifted. Intelligence is developed. We may think that some of us are gifted because of some characteristics. But the truth is that every one of us is gifted. Some of us are good at sports, others are good at academics but each one of us has a feature that is gifted and other one doesn't have it. 

Intelligence is a characteristic/ability of an individual which makes him/her different from others because of the higher cognitive level of that individual. Intelligence is therefore defined as the ability of the individual to change according to the environment.

However, intelligence not only depends on the genes, it also depends on the environment in which an individual is living. Everyone cannot change according to the environment and the surroundings he/she is living in. But this capability to adjust with the changes in the environment is called as Intelligence. And then those who can adjust to the environmental changes are intelligent people.

According to Spearman, the factors affecting intelligence level in an individual are of two types, General Factor which means general intelligence present in all the individuals and specific factor, which means certain specific area/subject in which an individual possesses high-level intelligence and they are different from others. However, there are other theories of Intelligence as well given by Thurstone and Thorndike. One of the most popular theories of Intelligence is given by Gardener in 1950's.

A few weeks ago we searched for the idea that high IQ people suffer from an inability to communicate with less gifted folk. Now, a new paper claims that very intelligent people are more prone to mental illnesses and allergies. However, I don’t think the paper is very smart.

In one the research, Researchers Ruth I. Karpinski and colleagues surveyed the members of American Mensa, a society for people in the top 2% of IQ (IQ 130+). 3,715 Mensans responded to the survey, which asked them whether they were currently diagnosed with various diseases, from depression to asthma. Participants were also asked if they suspect that they might suffer from these conditions. It turned out that the Mensans reported levels of illness higher than the ‘national average’.

Karpinski et al. make much of these results, putting forward what they call the ‘hyper-brain/hyper-body’ model of high-IQ ‘hypersensitivity’: The model posits a unique psycho neuroimmunological process such that those with a hyper brain in the form of very superior (at or above 130) cognitive ability lend themselves to a greater tendency to respond to environmental stressors by ruminating and worrying which are positive predictors of risk for psychological overexcitabilities leading to affective disorders.

These disorders are closely associated with a hyper body which manifests in physiological overexcitabilities which take the form of immune and inflammatory dysregulation, which can also bi-directionally instigate psychological effects.

In our opinion, the paper and its results clearly demonstrate that high brains, high intelligence and health are co-related to each other. People who possess high brains somehow possess intelligence and health. All of them are co-related to Immune and inflammatory dysregulation, which can also bi-directionally instigate psychological effects.

Thus, it clearly indicates that it is necessary for the human beings to maintain good health and hygiene so as to have high intelligence. Who doesn't want to have high intelligence?


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