Many (but not all) people who have Savant Syndrome were identified as savants after they sustained an injury to the left side of their brain. In addition, many (but not all) savants demonstrate mild to severe autism. Although I was researching a different topic, I wanted to learn more about Savant Syndrome. Under what conditions does it occur? What causes it? How does someone know when they have a “new” skill? Can the syndrome be turned on and off? Does a skill automatically get better over time or does practice make perfect? Who are the top researchers? What are the top books and periodicals? Do savants consider the syndrome a gift or a curse? What do savants think about the current research? How do savants feel about participating in research? Do any savants live near me? A quick scan of YouTube revealed most savants are male. I wondered if women are less likely to be savants, less likely to be chosen for savant research, or less likely to publish their name and talent on the internet.
I hope you are amazed as I am about the talent of some savants.
1. Which one of the following skills would you like to have and why?
a. Amazing memory skills
b. Amazing math skills
c. Amazing calendar skills
d. Amazing musical skills
e. Amazing artistic skills.
f. Amazing language skills.
2. What price (financial, physical, mental, etc.) would you be willing to pay for the skill you selected in Question 1?
3. Would you be willing to “pay the price” the people in the video paid for their amazing skills?
4. Did you have any amazing skills prior to your brain injury?
5. If you have any amazing skills now, to what do you attribute your skills?
Thanks to Daniel Tammet, Orlando Serrell, Dane Bottino, Kim Peek, Professor of Developmental Neuropathology Simon Baron Cohen, Dr. Darold Treffert, Science News & Discoveries, Subash Poudyal, YouTube, and all the other people who made it possible for me to include this post.