Wisconsin Medical Society – Savant Profile Home Page

In Ramblings on June 21, 2006 by Cody McComas

What is savant syndrome?

Savant Syndrome is a rare, but spectacular, condition in which persons with various developmental disorders, including autistic disorder, have astonishing islands of ability, brilliance or talent that stand in stark, markedly incongruous contrast to overall limitations. The condition can be congenital (genetic or inborn), or can be acquired later in childhood, or even in adults. The savant skills co-exist with, or are superimposed upon, various developmental disabilities including autistic disorder, or other conditions such as mental retardation or brain injury or disease that occurs before (pre-natal) during (peri-natal) or after birth (post-natal), or even later in childhood or adult life. The extraordinary skills are always linked with prodigious memory of a special type — exceedingly deep but very, very narrow.

Here are some profiles of people with savant syndrome and some accompanying videos. Absolutely fascinating.

Wisconsin Medical Society – Savant Profile Home Page


One Response to “Wisconsin Medical Society – Savant Profile Home Page”

  1. Great link! Thanks!

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