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The Bookshelf: Jan. 21, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights The Prodigy's Cousin.

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THE PRODIGY'S COUSIN: The Family Link Between Autism and Extraordinary Talent

by Joanne Ruthsataz and Kimberly Stephens

An exploration of the quest for a link between high-functioning autistic individuals and child prodigies, co-authored by mother-daughter team Ruthsatz (Psychology/Ohio State Univ.) and journalist Stephens. In 1998, Ruthsatz, then a graduate student, was exploring what makes prodigies tick. ... Her hypothesis was that three factors were involved in their success: “general intelligence, practice time and skills specific to a particular field.” While meeting a young boy with exceptional musical talent, a chance encounter with his autistic cousin prompted her to wonder what they might have in common.

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