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FYI: News - Autistic kids with math abilities show different brain patterns


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"Stanford researchers have unearthed clues about the formidable brains of some autistic children, suggesting that the diagnosis may signal a different cognitive style, not disability.

Superior math skills were found in autistic Bay Area children with average intelligence compared with matched children who were not autistic.

The two group's brain scans were different, as well. Images of the autistic children's brains while calculating math problems revealed a different pattern of activity than those of non-autistic children.

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The discovery of math talents in such children is particularly relevant in Silicon Valley, where autism diagnoses exceed the national average -- although no one knows if there is actually a higher incidence or just better diagnosis. Noted psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen at Cambridge's Autism Research Centre discovered a correlation between incidence of autism and familial relation to engineers. His 1997 study found that 12.5 percent of fathers and 21.2 percent of grandfathers of autistic children were engineers, compared to 5 percent and 2.5 percent of children without autism."

9 page report at the bottom of the link

http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_23871355/autistic-kids-math-abilities-show-different-brain-patterns

 

 

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