Laurence kim peek (november 11, 1951 - december 19, 2009) was an american savantknown as a megasavant, he had an exceptional memory, but he also experienced social difficulties, possibly resulting from a developmental disability related to congenital brain abnormalities. While kim peek served as the initial inspiration for the story, raymond babbitt, as portrayed so admirably by dustin hoffman, is a composite savant with abilities drawn from a number of different real life individuals. Kim peek - savant the original rain man preceding the savant daniel tammet by several years, kim peek is the real life rain man whom the dustin hoffman character was based in the movie. Kim peek, the real rain man-classed as a mega-savant-had memorized 12,000 books, including the bible-able to read one page of a book with his left eye, and the other page with his right eye, it took him only eight seconds to read and remember a page.
The success of the film brought newfound recognition to kim peek and savant syndrome, as requests for interviews and public appearances for peek to speak to a crowd about his life began to help make the public more aware of his incredible talents, as well as his disabilities. Permission letter: mr [removed [user:catskul]] you have my permission to use the wms savant syndrome web site kim peek images and text as long as those are properly attributed to wms and myself as exists on that savant syndrome web site posting at present. Dna reveals the truth about a vietnam pow found alive in the jungle 40 years later - duration: 6:45 did you know 226,048 views.
Although savant syndrome is commonly associated with autism, such as in rain man, many savants are not autistic and most people with autism are not savants kim peek, or rain man, suffered from fg syndrome, a genetic condition that affects intelligence and behavior. Savant syndrome is a condition in which someone with significant mental disabilities demonstrates certain abilities far in excess of average the skills at which savants excel are generally related to memory. Savant syndrome is defined as a condition in which a person demonstrates capacities or abilities that are greatly in excess to that of which would be considered normal kim peek 6 leslie. Kim peek - savant the original rain man preceding the savant daniel tammet by several years, kim peek is the real life rain man whom the dustin hoffman character was based in the movie described as a confounding mixture of disability and brilliance, kim is in love with knowledge. Kim peek, who lent inspiration to the fictional character raymond babbitt — played by dustin hoffman in the movie rain man — was a remarkable savant a savant is an individual who — with.
The savant syndrome is a rare condition in which people with neurodevelopmental disorders, notably autism spectrum disorders, and/or brain injuries, demonstrate profound and prodigious capacities and/or abilities far in excess of what would be considered normal. Kim peek, the real rain man whose almost unimaginable powers of memory were coupled with severe disabilities and who inspired the oscar-winning film role played by dustin hoffman, has died of a. Laurence kim peek was born november 11, 1951, in salt lake city, utah he was born with macrocephaly, damage to the cerebellum, and agenesis of the corpus callosum he was born with macrocephaly, damage to the cerebellum, and agenesis of the corpus callosum. One of the biggest debates going on in the field of savant research today is whether or not it is possible to get the brains of normal people like us to function like those of kim peek and daniel tammet. Despite the fact that approximately only one in 10 individuals with autism have savant syndrome (and approximately 50 percent of savants have an autism spectrum diagnosis), savant syndrome remains among the most mysterious and misunderstood aspects of life on the autism spectrum.
Hoffman's character was heavily influenced by the life of kim peek, a real memory savant who recently passed away peek was born without a corpus callosum, the fibers that connect the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Manifestation of savant skill in the case of kim peek, consin, has done research on autism and savant syndrome since 1962, the year he ﬁrst met a savant he.
Kim peek was born with severe brain damage his childhood doctor told kim's father to put him in an institution and forget about the boy kim's severe developmental disabilities, according to the doctor, would not let him walk let alone learn. Hoffman's character was heavily influenced by the life of kim peek, a real memory savant who recently passed away peek was born without a corpus callosum, the fibers that connect the right and. Savant syndrome is extremely rare while people with autistic spectrum disorder have been known to have savant syndrome, it can also develop in later life as a result of a brain injury or disease (a condition referred to as acquired savant syndrome. So sad that the mega savant passed away :( except the fact that he was a savant, his relation with his father is a very touching story he was denied a meeting with a neurosurgeon since the doc was getting late for a golf tournament.
Kim peek - the real rain man seven-minute compiliation of never-before-seen footage from the real rain manshown here with the permission of focus productions, bristol, england. Savant syndrome is one of the true mysteries of neuroscience many people were first exposed to this curious phenomenon when they watched the movie rain manin it, dustin hoffman plays a character named raymond babbit, who is loosely based on kim peek. Kim peek: mega-savant, mega-human between 2002 and 2009 i worked with the late kim peek , the man on whom the title character of the movie rain man was based, the man who was the world's only known and first-designated mega-savant, and the most extraordinary person i have ever encountered.