How many times have we heard that the behavior of some people recognized as genius, has proved to be eccentric and unique. Such is the case of Albert Einstein, Amadeus Mozart , Woody Allen, Tim Burton , Alfred Hitchcock and others.
But what could they all have in common?
Something called Asperger ‘s Syndrome (AS) , which is something like the cousin of autism; both of them are developmental disorders and appears in first childhood , usually more frequently in males. MELILLO, R. (2012). Signs and symptoms of asperger syndrome [Online] February 2012. Available from: http://www.brainbalancecenters.com/blog/2012/02/signs-and-symptoms-of-asperger-syndrome/ [Accessed: 20 th. July 2016]
Summarizing a lot, they are persons with difficulty in everyday social interactions with others, may engage in long-winded, one-sided conversations without noticing or caring about the listener’s interest. They also often lack usual nonverbal communication skills, such as engaging in eye contact with others they’re talking to, or failing to react and empathize with other people’s stories and conversation. This may make them seem insensitive, although that is rarely the case. They may have a hard time “reading” other people or understanding humor. BRESSERT, S. (2016). Asperger’s Disorder Symptoms. Psychcentral.com [Online] July 2nd 2016. Available from: http://psychcentral.com/disorders/aspergers-disorder-symptoms/ [Accessed: 20th July 2016]
What causes AS?
Current research points to brain abnormalities as the cause of AS. Using advanced brain imaging technique, scientists have revealed structural and functional differences in specific regions of the brains of normal children compared with children with AS. These defects are most likely caused by abnormal migration of embryonic cells during fetal development that affects brain structure and the “wiring” and then it will affect the neural circuits that control thought and behavior.
NIH (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke). (2015) Sindrome de Asperger. June 12th 2015. Available from: http://espanol.ninds.nih.gov/trastornos/sindrome_de_asperger.htm#causes [Accessed: 20th July 2016]
After several investigations, scientists agree that the causes can be either genetic, such as hereditary and environmental.
This syndrome involves not be prevented to develop, however as we can see , it’s possible to use the full potential and highlight.
Ruth Talavera Flores
Research Associate & IRIANS’s Representative for
the Iberian Peninsula and Mexico
IRIANS – The Neuroscience Institute