In Vivo Studies for Acquired Savant Syndrom

A blog article by Ashlie Reker Ph.D.

Acquired savant syndrome is the presentation of new advanced or expert level skills following traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulting from blunt for trauma to the head, such as from a car accident, or pathology, such as dementia or stroke. These new skills are, by and large, in music, art, calendar calculating, language, visual-spatial, mechanical, or maths. While the etiology of acquired savant syndrome remains unknown, functional lateralization is thought to play a key role, as acquired savant syndrome most often presents after TBI to the left lateral lobe of the brain (Gyarmathy, É., 2018), resulting in greater utilization of the right lateral lobe, believed to govern the above skills.

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