Enhanced brain connectivity in math-gifted adolescents: An fMRI study using mental rotation

Prescott, James, Gavrilescu, Maria, Cunnington, Ross, O'Boyle, Michael W. and Egan, Gary F. (2010) Enhanced brain connectivity in math-gifted adolescents: An fMRI study using mental rotation. Cognitive Neuroscience, 1 4: 277-288. doi:10.1080/17588928.2010.506951

Author Prescott, James
Gavrilescu, Maria
Cunnington, Ross
O'Boyle, Michael W.
Egan, Gary F.
Title Enhanced brain connectivity in math-gifted adolescents: An fMRI study using mental rotation
Journal name Cognitive Neuroscience   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1758-8928
Publication date 2010-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17588928.2010.506951
Volume 1
Issue 4
Start page 277
End page 288
Total pages 12
Place of publication Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Psychology Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Mathematical giftedness is a form of intelligence related to enhanced mathematical reasoning that can be tested using a variety of numerical and spatial tasks. A number of neurobiological mechanisms related to exceptional mathematical reasoning ability have been postulated, including enhanced brain connectivity. We aimed to further investigate this possibility by comparing a group of mathematically gifted adolescents with an average math ability control group performing mental rotation of complex three-dimensional block figures. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data were collected and differences in intrahemispheric and interhemispheric connectivity between the groups were assessed using structural equation modeling (SEM). The math-gifted showed heightened intrahemispheric frontoparietal connectivity, as well as enhanced interhemispheric frontal connectivity between the dorsolateral prefrontal and premotor cortex. These enhanced connectivity patterns are consistent with previous studies linking increased activation of the frontal and parietal regions with high fluid intelligence, and may be a unique neural characteristic of the mathematically gifted brain. © 2010 Psychology Press
Keyword Math gifted
Mental rotation
Brain connectivity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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