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Savant memory in a man with colour form-number synaesthesia and Asperger syndrome


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Baron-Cohen, S., Bor, D., Billington, J., Asher, J., Wheelwright, S. and Ashwin, C., 2007. Savant memory in a man with colour form-number synaesthesia and Asperger syndrome. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 14 (9-10), pp. 237-251.

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Abstract

Extreme conditions like savantism, autism or synaesthesia, which have a neurological 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.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsBaron-Cohen, S., Bor, D., Billington, J., Asher, J., Wheelwright, S. and Ashwin, C.
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code19146

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