Savant Syndrome

Savant syndrome is described as having isolated “islands” of high ability amidst a sea of below-average cognitive and social functioning commonly associated with people who may have neurodevelopment disorders. Acquired savant syndrome is extremely rare where a “normal” person develops prodigious abilities after an injury. I found an article that describes a normal outgoing, party-goer who after a severe attack developed savant syndrome. After the attack he suffered with PTSD and debilitating social anxiety but developed a high level of mathematical knowledge. An fMRI was done in order to understand how he acquired his skills. It’s a really interesting story.