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.