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ERIC Number: EJ777103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
Comparative Minicolumnar Morphometry of Three Distinguished Scientists
Casanova, Manuel F.; Switala, Andrew E.; Trippe, Juan; Fitzgerald, Michael
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v11 n6 p557-569 2007
It has been suggested that the cell minicolumn is the smallest module capable of information processing within the brain. In this case series, photomicrographs of six regions of interests (Brodmann areas 4, 9, 17, 21, 22, and 40) were analyzed by computerized image analysis for minicolumnar morphometry in the brains of three distinguished scientists and six normative controls. Overall, there were significant differences (p less than 0.001) between the comparison groups in both minicolumnar width (CW) and mean cell spacing (MCS). Although our scientists did not exhibit deficits in communication or interpersonal skills, the resultant minicolumnar phenotype bears similarity to that described for both autism and Asperger's syndrome. Computer modeling has shown that smaller columns account for discrimination among signals during information processing. A minicolumnar phenotype that provides for discrimination and/or focused attention may help explain the savant abilities observed in some autistic people and the intellectually gifted. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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