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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