Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Explaining and inducing savant skills

From the amazing mind of Allan Snyder: "I argue that savant skills are latent in us all. My hypothesis is that savants have privileged access to lower level, less-processed information, before it is packaged into holistic concepts and meaningful labels. Owing to a failure in top-down inhibition, they can tap into information that exists in all of our brains, but is normally beyond conscious awareness. This suggests why savant skills might arise spontaneously in otherwise normal people, and why such skills might be artificially induced by low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation."

More here: http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/364/1522/1399.full

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