Bright Splinters of the Mind: A Personal Story of Research with Autistics Savant / Edition 1

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Overview

"The extraordinary talents of some people with autism are well-documented, yet little is understood about the nature of their gifts. Drawing on 20 years of research, Beate Hermelin describes not just what autistic savants do, but how they do it. During her studies she and her collaborators examined savants alongside neurotypical individuals talented in the same domain, as well as people with the same level of intelligence as the savants but with no special abilities. She describes her investigations into the nature of the talents of savants who are gifted at poetry, foreign language acquisition, the visual arts, music, and calendar and numerical calculations. Bright Splinters of the Mind is not only a thorough exploration of autistic gifts, it is also a book which reaches radical conclusions on the very nature of talent and its relationship to intelligence."--BOOK JACKET.

Drawing on 20 years of research, Beate Hermelin describes not just what autistic savants do, but how they do it. During her studies she and her collaborators examined savants alongside neurotypical individuals talented in the same domain, as well as people with the same level of intelligence as the savants but with no special abilities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853029325
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,346,123
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction: Breaking the Bar. 1. Talent and intelligence. 2. Autism. 3. Poetry. 4. Foreign languages. 5. Calendar calculators. 6. Date memory. 7. Numbers. 8. Savant artists. 9. Music. 10. Autism and musical understanding. Conclusions. References. Index.
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