"Thompson is an 'acquired savant,' whose remarkable experience can help shed light on the roots of human creativity," explains psychiatrist Darold Treffert, a Wisconsin psychiatrist and savant expert. (Treffert was a consultant on 1989’s Rain Man.) "These are ordinary people who have a head injury — typically on the left side of the brain — or stroke, or some other central nervous system incident," Treffert said. "And, all of a sudden, they have musical or artistic abilities, sometimes at the prodigious level." - Dr Darold Treffert
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