The human brain is an amazing and mysterious organ, and there are few phenomena that illustrate that fact better than acquired savant syndrome. We’ve all heard the extraordinary stories of someone who suffered some traumatic injury or illness, only to find that after their recovery, they had some incredible, sudden ability they didn’t have before, such as playing the piano like a virtuoso, learning multiple languages quickly, or being able to come up with the answers to complicated mathematical problems in seconds. The study of these rare and bizarre occurrences may lead scientists to better understand how these abilities can perhaps be unlocked in all of us. Join Tom and Jenny as they poke around in the gray matter on a genius-level episode 344.
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