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ERIC Number: ED375592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Pages: 11
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Autistic Savant Calendar Calculators.
Patti, Paul J.
This study identified 10 savants with developmental disabilities and an exceptional ability to calculate calendar dates. These "calendar calculators" were asked to demonstrate their abilities, and their strategies were analyzed. The study found that the ability to calculate dates into the past or future varied widely among these calculators. Three calculating strategies or approaches were evident. The simplest strategy involved using rote memory to recall specific dates and/or using memorized key dates as reference points. The second strategy made use of the repeated trends and rules governing the calendar; however the knowledge of "leap centuries" was absent. Two subjects used a third strategy which took into account leap centuries, and one of these subjects was able to correctly calculate dates into the far future and past. The calendar calculators were characterized by an exceptional memory, a compulsive and rigid handwriting style, and an ability to focus their attention. Cognitive limitations in understanding questions appeared to limit the calendar calculation abilities of some of the savants. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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