Being A 'Pinhead' Is Just Fine - So Say The Experts!

By Meera Dolasia on November 20, 2009

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The next time someone calls you a 'pinhead', you should take it as a compliment - That's because researchers recently revealed that the size of an animals' brain, has no bearing on its intelligence level.

Instead, they believe that larger brains simply support bigger bodies that have more muscles to coordinate and more sensory information to decipher.

Intelligence, on the other hand, is determined by the complexity of the neuronal connections, in the brain.

The findings were revealed from a study performed by Dr. Lars Chittka from London's Queen Mary University and Dr. Jeremy Niven from Cambridge University and is based on the behavior of insects, primarily bees and ants.

While the brains of these tiny creatures measure less than one million neurons, they are capable of completing the most complex tasks with relative ease.

Ants, for example can distinguish between symmetrical and non-symmetrical shapes, communicate by touching each other with their antennas or by leaving behind a pheromone, (chemical trail) and even clean and feed their larvae, just like human beings.

Honey bees are equally amazing - these tiny creatures are able to conduct different kinds of tasks that include guarding their hives, stinging to defend themselves, scouting for food, fanning their wings to provide ventilation, and even recognizing faces from a variety of angles, distances and even based on emotions - something even our smartest computers can't do.

The scientists are in fact hoping that they will be able to continue to delve into the brains of these pinheaded insects even further, to figure out how they are configured and then be able emulate that, to develop smarter computer programs.

Still doubtful? Then think about this fact - The brain of a whale weighs a massive 9.1kg (20lbs) and yet they are no smarter than human beings whose brains weigh a measly1.4kg (about 3lbs) - AND the fact that the frontal lobe of Albert Einstein's brain was vacant! Now would you like to be a pinhead?


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  • iloveoldcars
    iloveoldcarsTuesday, February 28, 2017 at 8:56 am
    • orangey lemonThursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:29 pm
      • dTuesday, January 19, 2016 at 5:11 pm
        I have a BIG head.
        • aussieaqua
          aussieaquaSaturday, November 28, 2015 at 7:29 am
          The thing about Albert Einstein is cool- but he bragged that his WIFE did his math calculations... Hmmmm....
          • Joe-SeoszmaWednesday, May 6, 2015 at 5:47 pm
            frist comint in 2 munths! but it is so cool albirt instin's frontil lobe was empty! that is so cool and i like it and i love it
            • diamondkid
              diamondkidSaturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:28 pm
              Wow I never knew that!
              • hemmguin
                hemmguinSunday, February 1, 2015 at 12:46 pm
                this made me see insects in a new light
                • greekgods123
                  greekgods123Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 3:44 pm
                • EmeraldCactusWednesday, December 17, 2014 at 9:24 am
                  yeah, me too
                  • pcTuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11:35 am
                    this realy changes my mind about bees and ants
                    • cornhuskerzThursday, January 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm
                      cool!! Im small so that was great info.!!!!!

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