Tuesday, 03 November 2009
I dont recall the names of the cases, but 1 in every 10 autistic may possess this ability, and 1 in 2000 of other developmental disorders.
These abilities range from amazing complex math abilities. one who was able to calculate how many seconds he has lived if he had died at age 40 in a matter of a minute and a half, also putting into consideration of the leap years, and another [who happens to be blind] being able to play a piece on the piano after hearing the song ONCE on tv, and btw, he has never taken a piano lesson in his life. Another draws just wonderfully with no prior art experience before. And another.. a human encyclopedia, able to recite a book word for word after reading it just once... or telling you things like... the day on which you were born if you had just told him yoru birthday for the first time. People like this is truly amazing.
And it is said that we... regular normal people of everyday lives sometimes encounter the elements of savantism: Like those few times where we just "know" or "get it" all of a sudden... don't you get those moments?
It seemed like the reading was leading to the question of how it might be related to our memories. where these talents, skills, abilities or whatever may be accessible in our memories. Memories that we have pushed to the back of our minds.....that's when we use things like hypnosis or uhm... even as simple as dreaming to "revive" these memories. I don't know if this made sense to you but the savant syndrome might have a connection to our brain.
Another talent I wanted to bring up is the absolute pitch. This one is probably a little less incredible but in short terms, people have the ability to identify pitches and tones by just listening to it... as instantly as it is for us to be able identify colors. To these people, each pitch have their own characteristic that many others cannot make out.
People who are likely to possess this are those who are musically involved at a young age, around age 7. Or for those who are native speakers and are constantly surrounded by a tonal language- a language that is more or so based on different tones of the same sounding words, for instance - mandarin and vietnamese speakers.
To these people.... it is difficult for them decipher the same song in different tones, or even listen to a song where the instrument is slightly off tune. Imagine that... to them... its like ... walking into a grocery market where oranges have become blue and bananas pink - disturbing isn't it?
There was this one case where a composer possessed the absolute pitch but due to brain damage, and a surgery removing the frontal lobe, he lost the ability. He now only recalls these pitches from memories, but it felt as if a part of him has "eroded".. I guess, almost like becoming colorblind. ..maybe.
So in relation... it's more likely for you to develop the absolute pitch at a young age if you are constantly surrounded or being forced to learn something by its tone or pitch. My conclusion is that perhaps... it is because at a younger age, your memory is stronger [etc] as opposed to when you get older. Think about it... if you don't continue to use the ability... even in the savant syndrome, there is a chance... even if its a small chance, that you can lose the ability. But if you do use it... you can sustain it and possibly improve.
What do you think? Is savant syndrome connected to the memory?