Acquired Savant Syndrome and TBI


Savants are fascinating. How is it that they can have a unique and highly developed intellectual skill which is so far beyond what what we can do with our brains. This may be an ability to perform complex mathematical equations, a demonstration of unusual memory functions, a highly developed visual spatial skill or other level of performance in a specific area which exceeds “normal” capacity. The Acquired Savant Syndrome seems to occur in two groups: individuals with an Autism Spectrum diagnosis and people with a Central Nervous System (CNS) disorder or injury, including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The left frontotemporal area appears to relate to the unique skill. Theories abound and range from enhanced local connectivity to access to lower level, unprocessed information.

Click here to read an interesting story about Acquired Savant Syndrome.

Also, click here to read about Derek Amato who became a musical genius after experiencing a brain injury.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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2 Responses to Acquired Savant Syndrome and TBI

  1. Pedro Meza August 28, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    I am a veteran with mTBI 2008, lost about 10 years worth of memories and knowledge, and now have problems retaining new memories but have discovered that I know things that can not be explained as well as see pictures in my head of math concepts if I look at their formulas. Plus other things.

  2. LaVerne Hughes June 13, 2017 at 11:44 am #

    I believe that abilities uncovered through acquired savant syndrome are in all of us. But, because we can’t use all of our brain (imperfections), brain injuries, etc. have to uncover them. Yet, in some families they’re considered inborn gifts; a family trait.

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