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Can Synesthesia in Autism Lead to Savantism?

Daniel Tammet has memorized Pi to the 22,514th digit. He speaks ten different languages, including one of his own invention, and he can multiply enormous sums in his head within a matter of seconds.

December 4, 2013 — Dana Smith
Read the Thoughts of a Boy with Autism

Read the Thoughts of a Boy with Autism

Reprinted with permission from, an editorially independent division of the Simons Foundation. (Find original story here.) The autism described in The Reason I Jump is quite different from the mostly social disorder that I, as a researcher and clinician, find in textbooks and journal articles.

November 20, 2013 — William Mandy

A Chat with Temple Grandin and Richard Panek about “The Autistic Brain”

I am so pleased to announce that renowned animal scientist and autism expert, Temple Grandin, and her co-author of her latest book, “The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum“, Richard Panek, will be our guests on another collaborative Scientific American/Read Science!

September 6, 2013 — Joanne Manaster

The Real Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness

“There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.”          —Salvador Dali The romantic notion that mental illness and creativity are linked is so prominent in the public consciousness that it is rarely challenged. So before I continue, let me nip this in the bud: Mental illness is neither necessary nor sufficient for creativity.

October 3, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

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