Promoting a comprehensive and accurate understanding of giftedness through research and outreach.

6.3 million people in the United States risk not receiving necessary services from the medical, psychological and educational communities due to the lack of understanding and recognition that there are differences in individuals across the intelligence spectrum. Preliminary research has shown that the physical and psychological development of gifted individuals is as different from the norm as the physical and psychological development of individuals possessing developmental delays.

Without continued research, education and meaningful discussion about the physical and psychological characteristics associated with giftedness, we will continue to have a societal mindset where the qualities and characteristics of gifted individuals are often pathologized, misunderstood and mistreated.


We Are Committed To:

  • Researching the physiology of giftedness including brain anatomy, neurotransmitters, gastrointestinal sensitivities, genes, allergies, metabolism, microbiota, hormones and the nervous system
  • Educating medical, psychological and teaching professionals about the physical and psychological impacts of giftedness
  • Cultivating a national outreach campaign to correct myths and inspire social change so that the needs of  gifted individuals  may be openly discussed

Gifted Physiology

GRO is conducting an in-depth literature review of the existing research on the neuroanatomical, gastrointestinal, metabolic, hormonal, genetic and sensory differences in the bodies of gifted individuals.  This review of thousands of  peer reviewed studies has already revealed tremendous insight into physiological differences found in gifted individuals and how those differences may impact both their internal experience as well as their behavior.


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Finally, society is blessed with a multidisciplinary group of professionals dedicated to researching the phenomenon of high intelligence as a means to learning more about all of us, including our senses, cognition, metabolism, physiology, neurology. I have high confidence in GRO’s ability to conduct world-class research and then to report multidisciplinary findings through outreach efforts that are easily accessible by curious professionals and concerned parents alike.

Wenda Sheard, J.D., Ph.D.

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin