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Flexibility is at the heart of human intelligence

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The brain’s dynamic properties drive human intelligence.

General intelligence does not originate from a single brain region or network. Emerging neuroscience evidence instead suggests that intelligence reflects the ability to flexibly transition between network states.

Aron Barbey University of Illinois psychology professor.

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There has been a recent shift in focus towards biological determinants of intelligence.

The brain is modular, meaning that different parts of the brain are responsible for specific functions.
No specific area of the brain is responsible for it's overall organization and functionality, rather the whole brain works coherently of itself.
There are two main facets of general intelligence, crystallized intelligence and fluid intelligence.
General intelligence is enhanced by the dual abilities of effectively reaching crystallized intelligence, and adapting fluid intelligence.