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Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

1 A person of great wisdom or learning.

2 Another name for an idiot savant. [From French savant wise or knowledgeable]

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savant

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

1 A person of great wisdom or learning.

2 Another name for an idiot savant. [From French savant wise or knowledgeable]

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Savant

Edited by Patrick Hanks.

in Dictionary of American Family Names

January 2003; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Names Studies. 52 words.

1. French: nickname from savant ‘learned’, a nickname for a university graduate or a particularly knowledgeable person.

2. Indian (Maharashtra):

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savant <i>n.</i>

Andrew M. Colman.

in A Dictionary of Psychology

January 2008; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Psychology. 23 words.

1 A person of great wisdom or learning.

2 Another name for an idiot savant.

[From French savant wise

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savant <i>n.</i>

Andrew M. Colman.

in A Dictionary of Psychology

January 2015; p ublished online May 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Psychology. 23 words.

1. A person of great wisdom or learning.

2. Another name for an *idiot savant. [From French savant

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idiot savant

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

A person with mental retardation who can perform at a high level in some restricted domain of intellectual functioning, such as memorizing vast bodies of information, musical or artistic...

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Sentimental Savants

Meghan K. Roberts.

October 2016; p ublished online May 2017 .

Book. Subjects: History of Science and Technology. 220 pages.

The eighteenth century was not an austere age of reason but rather a time when reason and emotion, science and sensibility, public and private, went neatly hand in hand. This book examines...

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Idiots and savants

in Representing Autism

June 2008; p ublished online June 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Sociology. 18086 words.

This chapter concentrates on idiots and savants. The term ‘idiot’ became more precisely defined as the nineteenth century progressed, moving away from the larger category of madness....

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Synesthesia and Savantism

Mary Jane Spiller and Ashok J. Jansari.

in Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia

December 2013; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Psychology; Cognitive Neuroscience; Cognitive Psychology. 10834 words.

This chapter considers whether synaesthesia can be seen as a foundation for savantism. It has been proposed that the co-occurrence of synaesthesia and obsessive tendencies typical of...

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Savant

Gary W. Kennedy.

in Grove Music Online

January 2002; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music. 57 words.

Record company and label established in New York around 1997 by Barney Fields. By 2000 it had issued approximately 25 recordings, including albums by Houston Person, Charles Earland, Winard...

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savant

in New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary

January 2012; p ublished online May 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 905 words.

abeyant, mayn't • ambient, circumambient • gradient, irradiant, radiant • expedient, ingredient, mediant, obedient •

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savant

in Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes

January 2007; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 905 words.

abeyant, mayn't • ambient, circumambient • gradient, irradiant, radiant • expedient, ingredient, mediant, obedient •

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savant

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 20 words.

man of learning. XVIII. — F., sb. use of orig. prp. of savoir know :- Rom. *sapēre, for

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A Seat among the Savants

Nancy P. Appelbaum.

in Mapping the Country of Regions

May 2016; p ublished online January 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of the Americas. 6414 words.

The eighth chapter examines controversies that swirled around the commission’s final publications. In his final months, Codazzi fretted that the commission’s work would languish in...

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Savant Syndrome: A Compelling Case for Innate Talent

Darold A. Treffert.

in The Complexity of Greatness

May 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Psychology. 7652 words.

Savant syndrome argues forcefully for the presence of “innate talent” in these gifted persons because, they clearly “know things they never learned”. This chapter provides a number of case...

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Idiot savant

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 57 words.

A psychological term current in English from the 1920s for a person with a mental disability who nevertheless displays a

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savant <i>noun</i>

Jennifer Speake and Mark LaFlaur.

in The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

January 1999; p ublished online January 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 22 words.

E18 French (noun use of adjective, originally present participle of savoir to know).

A learned person, especially a distinguished scientist.

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Savant: genome browser for high-throughput sequencing data

Marc Fiume, Vanessa Williams, Andrew Brook and Michael Brudno.

in Bioinformatics

August 2010; p ublished online June 2010 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. 4211 words.

Motivation: The advent of high-throughput sequencing (HTS) technologies has made it affordable to sequence many individuals' genomes. Simultaneously the computational analysis...

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Algarotti, Francesco (1712 - 1764), writer on opera, poet, savant

Daniel Heartz.

in Grove Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music. 763 words.

(b Venice, 11 Dec 1712; d Pisa, 3 May 1764). Italian writer on opera, poet and savant. He was well educated at Rome and Bologna, whence he was welcomed into the learned circles of London...

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Mersenne, Marin (1588 - 1648), mathematician, philosopher, music theorist, savant

Albert Cohen.

in Grove Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music. 1829 words.

(b La Soultière, nr Oizé, Maine, 8 Sept 1588; d Paris, 1 Sept 1648). French mathematician, philosopher, music theorist and savant. He was one of the leading French thinkers of the 17th...

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Exploring learning, memory, and creativity in a musical savant

Adam Ockelford.

in Applied Musicology

November 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 28516 words.

This chapter explores the capacity of a prodigious musical savant, Derek Paravicini, to learn and reproduce music by ear. It gives an account of an experiment involving a novel musical...

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