What theory could possibly account for suddenly knowing something – intensively, thoroughly, and often obsessively – that you’ve never been taught? This is what happens with prodigies and savants. Read More
Every savant draws upon a prodigious, almost uncanny memory. But what happens in the brain to cause this? Why are almost all savants male? And how do ‘normal’ people sometimes become savants in a single stroke? Read More
A maternal infection during pregnancy – or the occurrence of stress, trauma, injury, deprivation, or exposure to environmental toxins – could cause the fetal brain to be hyper-connected, setting the stage for conditions (including autism) where sensitivity is prominent. Read More
People who seem to be "tuned out" of social interaction may, counter-intuitively, have become that way not because they have a deficit of empathy or mental/social apparatus, but because they have fled from too much sensory or emotional input.
The more we look into environmental sensitivity, the more we can learn about synesthesia, autism, savantism, and prodigiousness - as well as the forces that sculpt us into unique human beings. Read More
Science and medicine are evolving toward a major change in outlook, where patient health and well being are viewed along a spectrum and no condition can be dismissed as 'merely' psychosomatic. Read More
Hippocrates famously said, “It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” This remains true today - where the latest discoveries about PTSD are shedding light on the intersection of mind, body, and emotion. Read More