Department of Psychology,
In 1990 I met my first savant
- he was a 12 year old musician with severe Autism.
His name was Trevor and I decided to make him the
focus of my PhD thesis. His story, and that of his
family, became the first chapter of my PhD
dissertation and the catalyst for a body of
research that involves both persons with savant
syndrome and those with autism. This original work
has had two main research spin-offs; the
documentary and Autism diagnoses. This presentation
outlines current research in the area of Autism and
Savant Syndrome by presenting the original study
and this latest work.