Savant Memory in a Man with Colour Form-Number Synaesthesia and Asperger

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Abstract:

Extreme conditions like savantism, autism or synaesthesia, which have a neurological 2AH, UK basis, challenge the idea that other minds are similar to our own. In this paper we report a single case study of a man in whom all three of these conditions co-occur. We suggest, on the basis of this single case, that when savantism and synaesthesia co- occur, it is worthwhile testing for an undiagnosed Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). This is because savantism has an established association with ASC, and the combination of ASC with synaesthesia may increase the likelihood of savantism. The implications of these conditions for philosophy of mind are introduced.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Autism Research Centre, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, Douglas House, Cambridge CB2

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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