Sunday, July 15, 2012

ASD and Savant Skills

Did you know that according to some reports, individuals with autism spectrum disorders or ASD are more likely than others to possess savant skills? Researchers have suggested that this may occur for a couple of reasons. First, the ASD individual typically has some type of obsessive interest in a constricted areas of interest (central coherence), coupled with a cognitive processing style that involves a focus on local features during the processing. This may aid in the development of savant skills. In the process, however, global processing tends to be sacrificed. (

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