Neuroscience of Asynchronous Development in Bright Minds

“If you are always trying to be normal you may never know how amazing you can be.” — Maya Angelou


There is a great body of evidence in neuroscience indicating that our individuality originates within our unique brains.
Recent studies illuminate that each of our brains is as distinctive as a fingerprint. With advances in brain mapping and imaging software, we know no two brains are identical — which makes sense. We each have our own genetic makeup, process information from our environment through our five senses, express unique ways of emotional processing, and are composed of our specific autobiographical memories. As a neuroscientist, I believe we are barely scratching the surface in our understanding of the human brain, both what we think we know and the vast world of the unknown. If you happen to be bright and have quirky behaviors, then your brain, body, and particular physiology may be at the core of how you navigate the world.
Early in 2006, a foundational study by Shaw and colleagues at UCLA Imaging Institute followed more than 300 children for 12 years, mapping brain development and growth. They created three-dimensional brain maps and calculated measurements of grey and white matter from brain scans from ages seven to 19. In the study, the children completed an IQ test and the participants were placed in three groups: average, high, and superior intelligence.
Researchers found that the children showed asynchronous brain development, meaning that regions of the brain grew at varying rates and various time points based on development. Brain growth was specific to the onset of puberty, w...


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About Nicole Tetreault

Dr. Nicole A. Tetreault is a neuroscientist, researcher, author, meditation teacher, speaker, and founder of Awesome Neuroscience, who specializes in neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative disorders. She received her Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Neuroscience. Dr. Tetreault has authored many peer-reviewed scientific papers on the topics of gifted experience, neuroinflammation in autism, brain evolution, neuroanatomy, brain development, behavior, and cell function. Most recently, she has focused her efforts on studying the neurodiverse experience, which encompasses the brain and body connection, by investigating the latest neuroscience, psychology, and physiology research. Her book, Insight into a Bright Mind, explores groundbreaking research examining neurodiversity and will be released in the coming year.