Metabolic costs of human brain development

This paper quantifies the unusually high energetic cost of brain development in humans. Brain energy requirements and body-weight growth rate are anti-correlated in childhood. Given these results it would be surprising if nutritional limitations that prevented individuals from achieving their genetic potential in height didn’t also lead to sub-optimal cognitive development. Nutritional deprivation likely stunts …

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Cognition über alles

Slides for a brief introduction to my panel at the University of Chicago Conference on Genetics and Behavior later this week. See also One hundred thousand brains. Some relevant comments, from an essay by David Deutsch: It is uncontroversial that the human brain has capabilities that are, in some respects, far superior to those of …

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