Savant syndrome

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The savant syndrome is a rare condition in which people with neurodevelopmental disorders, notably autism spectrum disorders, and/or brain injuries, demonstrate profound and prodigious capacities and/or abilities far in excess of what would be considered normal. In spite of the name syndrome, it is not recognized as a mental disorder, or as a part of mental disorder. In simple terms these are very gifted individuals with fewer than 50 alive today.

Characteristics[change | change source]

These individuals in some cases may not be able to tie their shoes, however they may memorize an entire book in days.

Notable savants[change | change source]

The following are well-known people with savant syndrome, noted for their talent in their identified fields:

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  2. Treffert, Darold. "Alonzo Clemons – Genius Among Us". Wisconsin Medical Society. http://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/savant_syndrome/savant_profiles/alonzo_clemons. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  3. Treffert, Darold. "Tony DeBlois – A Prodigious Musical Savant". Wisconsin Medical Society. http://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/savant_syndrome/savant_profiles/tony_deblois. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Treffert, Darold A. and Gregory L. Wallace (2003). "Islands of Genius" (PDF). Scientific American, Inc. http://www.gordonresearch.com/articles_autism/SciAm-Islands_of_Genius.pdf. Retrieved 2007-11-08.
  5. Jonathan Lerman:
  6. Treffert, Darold. "Thristan "Tum-Tum" Mendoza – A Child Prodigy Marimbist With Autism from the Philippines". Wisconsin Medical Society. http://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/savant_syndrome/savant_profiles/thristan_mendoza. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  7. Derek Paravicini:
  8. The Grand Rapids Press. "'Anthony's Prayers': A simple book by Grand Rapids' Anthony Torrone, a grateful survivor". Mlive.com. http://www.mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/11/anthonys_prayers_a_simple_book.html. Retrieved 2012-05-01.
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  10. Moore, Charlotte (15 April 2006). "Autistic couple bound to each other - and their art". Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2006/apr/15/art.fashion.
  11. James Henry Pullen:
  12. "Matt Savage: The Prodigy", People magazine June 17, 2002
  13. Treffert, Darold. "Matt Savage – A 14-Year-Old Marvelous Musician". Wisconsin Medical Society. http://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/savant_syndrome/savant_profiles/matt_savage. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  14. Treffert, Darold. "Henriett Seth F. – Rain Girl". Wisconsin Medical Society. http://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/savant_syndrome/savant_profiles/henriett_seth. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
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  18. Tracey Eagan (2009-05-06). "Twin Savants Fixated on Dick Clark". Jezebel. http://jezebel.com/5243027/twin-savants-fixated-on-dick-clark. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
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  20. Federal Way Man Has Amazing Mathematical Drawing Ability, Following Brain Injury: – KCPQ. Q13fox.com (2010-08-26). Retrieved on 2011-12-18.
  21. A Case of Acquired Savant Syndrome and Synesthesia Following a Brutal Assault Berit Brogaard
  22. Lyall, Sarah (February 15, 2007). "Brainman, at Rest in His Oasis". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/15/garden/15savant.html?_r=2&.

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