Why did the savant syndrome not spread in the population? A psychiatric example of a developmental constraint.

Abstract

A developmental constraint is a mechanism that limits the possibility of a phenotype to evolve. There is growing evidence for the existence of developmental constraints in the biological literature. We hypothesize that a developmental constraint prevents the savant syndrome, despite its positive aspects, from spreading in the population. Here, the… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2007.11.010

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