Bright Splinters of the Mind: A Personal Story of Research with Autistic Savants (Hardcover)

Bright Splinters of the Mind: A Personal Story of Research with Autistic Savants By Beate Hermelin Cover Image

Bright Splinters of the Mind: A Personal Story of Research with Autistic Savants (Hardcover)

$75.00


Special Order—Subject to Availability
The extraordinary talents of some people with autism are well-documented, yet little is understood about the nature of their gifts. Drawing on 20 years of research, Beate Hermelin describes not just what autistic savants do, but how they do it. During her studies she and her collaborators examined savants alongside neurotypical individuals talented in the same domain, as well as people with the same level of intelligence as the savants but with no special abilities. In her fascinating and highly informative book she describes her investigations into the nature of the talents of savants who are gifted at poetry, foreign language acquisition, the visual arts, music, and calendar and numerical calculations. The work of a scholar but immensely readable, Bright Splinters of the Mind is not only a thorough exploration of autistic gifts, it is also a book which reaches radical conclusions on the very nature of talent and its relationship to intelligence.
The late Beate Hermelin was an experimental psychologist working in the area of abnormal development. Beate studied at Jerusalem Art School and gained a degree in psychology from Reading University followed by a PhD from the London Institute of Psychiatry. She held a research appointment at the Medical Research Council, and was an honorary research professor at Goldsmith's College, University of London. She published extensively on psychology and on autism.
Product Details ISBN: 9781853029318
ISBN-10: 1853029319
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publication Date: April 15th, 2001
Pages: 192
Language: English