Idiot Savant. a good research paper of savant syndrome

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The Idiot Savant

A little boy quietly sits in front of a piano, with his fingers poised over the bright white

keys. His teacher, seated beside him on the bench, plays a complicated series of chords,

filling the air with a beautiful melody. After a single hearing, the boy begins to play,

perfectly reproducing the song he has just heard. As the last notes fade away, the boy sits

still for a moment and then begins to rock gently back and forth, only stopping once the

music begins again.... (Sural Shah)

This is an example of Savant Syndrome. This child could be labeled as a genius or a

prodigy, but it is shown it is Savant Syndrome by the child's expressions. After playing the boy

has no reaction except a cold unexpressive look on his face. The boy will not even respond to

the commotion around him. Savant Syndrome is almost always connected with low social and

communication skills.

That is why the boy will not do anything except for rock in his chair.

Why this happens is unknown. Despite studies and years of studies with savants and autistic

people, there still is no explanation of how it happens, or why it happens. However, in recent

years more and more scientists seem to be addressing the issue. This seems to be because the

talents of savants have become a huge interest to the scientific world. One of those phenomenal

talents is the ability to paint pictures while being unable to see. This is such a significant skill,

but there is no way to explain how it is accomplished.

Around the Eighteenth century, cases of people with low a IQ that demonstrated

extraordinary talents began to get recognition. Before this time, the syndrome had gone

unnoticed. We know that there...