Science Daily
February 21, 2009
New Research from the MIT may explain the phenomenon of autistic savants in humans. Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder of children, characterized by impaired communication, excessive rigidity, and emotional detachment. A savant is person of profound or extensive learning; learned scholar. This research can provide treatments for autism and other brain development disorders. To tests these results they used mice. MIT believes that the learning ability of mutant mice is reminiscent of human autistic savants. Hung said that while it seems counter intuitive that loss of an important synaptic scaffold protein would result in improved learning among the mice. The synapses respond to input long term memory. This research will take a long time of dedication, and preparation before it can be a cure for an autistic savant.


Aneisha Bussey
February 26, 2009