Why Autistic Children Are Better At Math Than Non-Autistic Children

By Susan Scutti on August 19, 2013 12:18 PM EDT

Autistic Children Are Good At Math
In a new study researchers found that autistic children reliably outperform their non-autistic peers of the same IQ in math. What is surprising is that the area of the brain associated with face recognition may be responsible. (Photo: Pratham Books from India, Crea)

Autistic children with average IQs possess superior math ability compared with non-autistic children in the same IQ range, a new study suggests. For some readers this comes as no surprise, as more than a few autistic children have shown exceptional numerical skills.

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What is astonishing is that these exceptional math abilities are associated with activity in an area of the brain associated with recognizing faces — a skill typically found to be lacking in autistic children.

"Our study supports the idea that the atypical brain development in autism can lead, not just to deficits, but also to some remarkable cognitive strengths," said Vinod Menon, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, in a press release. Menon is also senior author of the study, conducted by researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and slated for online publication tomorrow in Biological Psychiatry

Read the rest at MedicalDaily.com.

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