The day of the week when you were born in 700 ms: calendar computation in an Autistic savant.

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TitleThe day of the week when you were born in 700 ms: calendar computation in an Autistic savant.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsThioux, M, Stark, DE, Klaiman, C, Schultz, RT
JournalJ Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform
Volume32
Issue5
Pagination1155-68
Date Published2006 Oct
ISSN0096-1523
KeywordsAdult, Autistic Disorder, Humans, Male, Mathematics, Memory, Reaction Time, Time Perception, Verbal Behavior, Wechsler Scales
Abstract

Some individuals are able to determine the weekday of a given date in a few seconds (finding for instance that June 12, 1900, was a Tuesday). This ability has fascinated scientists for many years because it is predominantly observed in people with limited intelligence and may appear very early in life. Exceptional visual memory, exceptional concentration abilities, or privileged access to lower levels of information not normally available through introspection have been advanced to explain such phenomena. In the present article, the authors show that a simple cognitive model can explain all aspects of the performance of Donny, a young autistic savant who is possibly the fastest and most accurate calendar prodigy ever described.

DOI10.1037/0096-1523.32.5.1155
Alternate JournalJ Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform
PubMed ID17002528
Grant ListP01-HD03008 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States