Autistic children can become geniuses of mathematics

07 July 2018

Children diagnosed with autism have phenomenal abilities for exact sciences, namely mathematics, such is the opinion of experts from Stanford University in the state of California, USA.

Such extraordinary talents are explained by the fact that autistics have a completely different scheme of activation of that part of the brain that is responsible for recognizing and recognizing human faces and generally visual objects. According to Vinod Menon, the author of the study, "autistic people have a special brain structure that helps them easily solve complex mathematical problems."

Eighteen children with a diagnosis of autism participated in the studies. All of them were from seven to twelve. The control group included eighteen children with excellent health. Children from both groups were able to read, had verbal skills at the level of "normal". But at the same time, according to the results of mathematical tests, the autists were significantly ahead of their peers.

When studying the activity of the autistic brain during the tests, strong activity was found in the occipital cortex of the brain, that part of it that recognizes faces and objects visually.

In addition to mathematical abilities, autistic children have excellent memory. For example, they can recall what was on the table on their last birthday, what parents were talking about, what exactly happened on this or that day two or three or four years ago.