savant syndrome


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savant syndrome

n.
A condition in which a person with a developmental or intellectual disability has an exceptional memory and exhibits extraordinary skill in a specialized area such as music or arithmetic.
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While the film dispelled misconceptions about autism and improved the public's awareness of the condition, a misleading association continues to occur between autism and savant syndrome.
The rare condition is know as acquired savant syndrome, a neurological trauma that leads to amazing musical, artistic, mathematical or recollection abilities.
Padgett is one of those rare individuals having savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia.
In fact, there are said to be only 40 people in the world who are known to have developed what is called savant syndrome.
Savant syndrome is a condition in which a person demonstrates profound and prodigious capacities and abilities far in excess of what would be considered normal.
A nine-year-old autistic girl in Sharjah, whose extraordinary ability to read her mother's mind was revealed to the world last week, could be the next name added to a worldwide registry of people with savant talents, according to the world's top expert in savant syndrome.
The study also brings into a focus a lot of intriguing issues, Davis said - savant syndrome, for example.
I have a rare condition known as savant syndrome, little known before its portrayal by actor Dustin Hoffman in the Oscar -winning 1988 film Rain Man.
Among the topics are first memories, smell, remembering forwards and backwards, the savant syndrome, trauma, deja vu, and forgetting.
Like the proverbial elephant being examined by blind men, the savant syndrome generates some conflicting conclusions about exceptional skill.