You May Be As Smart as a Rocket Scientist
Researchers set out todetermine who is smarter… rocket scientists or brain surgeons.
Turns out, neither camp outdid the other in a general cognitive test. Moreinteresting is that neither camp outperformed the general population,either.
In the study, researchers assessed subjects in six general areas suchas memory, word problems, spatial problems, etc.
Overall, rocket scientists and brain surgeons were "equally matched acrossmost domains.” Brain surgeons were better than rocket scientists at"semantic problem solving," while rocket scientists were better in"mental manipulation and attention.”
When both camps were compared with the general population, only twodifferences stood out in results: Brain surgeons solved problems morequickly than the average Joe, but their memory recall wasslower.