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Brain and Nervous System
March 7, 2018

Can a brain injury make you a genius?

The superhero comic books may have been onto something: as strange as it might seem, a devastating experience like a brain injury could unlock an unexpected potential within your brain. Imagine waking up after a brain injury and being able to play the piano like Beethoven in his prime. Where previously you’d never even had a lesson! This is called acquired savant syndrome, an extraordinary phenomenon that happens to some people after a traumatic brain incident. Unleashing your genius The word savant literally means: “a person of profound learning or wisdom.” Although we aren’t sure how acquired savant syndrome happens,…
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