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What is the Connection Between Brain and Intelligence?

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My answer in Quora:
The brain is the sole determinant of intelligence because it controls a variety of functions in the human body and other systems. The brain is linked to intelligence as regarding whatever neural connection is said to exist. The biology and in fact the individual genetic material build up proteins that further would increase the growth of nerve cells, a new idea called neurogenic plasticity.

The higher the potential of nerve signals, and the thicker and lengthy the structure of myeline sheaths, the more the fast neural conduction of electrical impulses or signals that are transmitted along the axon of the nerve cell.

Whatever it is you want to call the connection between brain and intelligence depends largely on you define intelligence itself. If I were to define intelligence, I will define it as a person's ability to act purposefully, think rationally, and deal effectively with the environment- Weschler.

Piaget defined it as the ability to adapt to one's environment.

These definitions I strongly agree with.
Already understood beforehand that the brain controls body functions, it is imperative to consider how this relates to intelligence.

To not digress from the above question, I will like to stress further that human behaviour includes intelligence and there are many types of intelligence from the research of Gardner. These are:

 The 7 Types of Intelligence

1. Linguistic Intelligence

People who develop linguistic intelligence tend to demonstrate a greater ability to express themselves well both verbally and in writing. This type of person has very strong awareness and an ability to easily understand the viewpoint of others. The left side of the brain is associated with Linguistic Intelligence.

2. Logic Intelligence
People with this profile have the ability to manage Math and logic with ease. They have quick insight which helps them to solve complex problems alongside an ability to divide problems into smaller tasks and solve them until they reach the final answer. This intelligence profile is usually well organised and disciplined. The right side of the brain is associated with Logic Intelligence.

 3. Kinaesthetic Intelligence
Kinaesthetic Intelligence relates to the ease of bodily expression. This kind of person has a great sense of space, distance, depth and size. With greater control of the body, this person can perform complex movements with precision and ease. The cerebellum, which is the portion of the brain that controls voluntary movements of the body, is associated with Kinaesthetic Intelligence. This characteristic is present in Olympic and high performance athletes in order to deliver good coordination and motor skills.

 4. Spatial Intelligence
Those who have heightened spatial intelligence have the ability to create, imagine and draw 2D and 3D images. This intelligence profile allows its group to imagine, create and see things that most others consider impossible. Professionals in gaming, architecture, multimedia and aerospace normally display a high level of spatial intelligence.

5. Musical Intelligence
Musical Intelligence is a rare kind of intelligence. People with this profile have the ability to listen to sound and music and identify different patterns and notes with ease. This intelligence group is usually known as having the “absolute pitch“. A person with musical intelligence can easily create harmonies and songs and can often learn to play an instrument alone from the simple knowledge of theory or by listening to a piece of music.

6. Interpersonal Intelligence
It is often said that people are born to be leaders. Those people are known to possess Interpersonal Intelligence. This group is practical people with a great sense of responsibility. They are calm in their ways, they know how to listen and speak but above all, they know how to use their own knowledge and power to influence people. Someone with Interpersonal Intelligence can easily identify the qualities in others and know how to bring that quality out.

 7. Intrapersonal Intelligence
Intrapersonal Intelligence is a characteristic of someone that is deeply connected with themselves.  This type of person is usually more reserved but at the same time commands great admiration from their peers. Among each of the seven types of intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence is considered the rarest.

What do you think? We can all agree that learning styles are different and that it is more beneficial to focus on the learning style that suits you. This way of thinking is similar to Gardners theory that we all harbor different types of intelligence.
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