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Child Prodigies Show Links with Autism

from HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge

There is an over-representation of autism among child prodigies and their families, with child prodigies exhibiting exceptional working memory and attention to detail, according to a study published in Intelligence. Joanne Ruthsatz, Ph.D., from The Ohio State University in Columbus, and Jourdan B. Urbach, from Yale University in New Haven, Conn., took the developmental histories of eight child prodigies (in art, math, music and gastronomy) and tested them for intelligence (via the Stanford-Binet 5th ed. full scale) and autistic traits (via the Autism-Spectrum Quotient). more

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