Human Microbiology Institute is currently investigating whether the microbiota of geniuses and highly talented people are unique, and whether this uniqueness affects brain development in an extraordinary manner.
Recent studies have demonstrated a clear association between the composition of the microbiota and cognitive behavior. Gut microbiota influence the central nervous system and thereby modulate cognitive behavior, including learning and memory. As a result, the impacts of the gut microbiota on mammalian cognitive development are now under extensive research by the HMI core. Given the negative effects on memory and the cognitive decline caused by alterations of microbiota, we feel that it is conceivable that certain bacteria can be utilized to enhance cognitive function. HMI research is therefore dedicated to characterizing the microbiota of genius-level individuals and highly talented persons, such as scientists, chess players, and programmers, and to determining whether there are components of the microbiome that help make genius people genius.
We initiated our genius research program by examining the microbiota of world-class chess players, as we felt that this achievement validated these individuals as geniuses.