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Peek, Kim

Overview
Works: 11 works in 15 publications in 2 languages and 227 library holdings
Classifications: BF426,
Publication Timeline
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posthumous Publications by Kim Peek, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Kim Peek
The real rain man ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This programme is about Kim Peek, the most famous autistic savant upon whom the film Rain Man was based. When he was born in 1951, Kim's parents were told he was so severely mentally retarded that he should be institutionalised. But his parents refused to allow this and since the death of Kim's mother he has been more or less sorely cared for by his father Fran. We hear from Barry Morrow, creator of Rain Man, and about how the film entirely changed Kim's life, turning him from an introverted man into an increasingly well-known public figure. Fran is nearing his 80th birthday so he and Kim journey to meet some of the most emminent neurologists in a bid to finally work out what's happening in Kim's brain. Detailed brain scans show that Kim has no corpus callosum, meaning he cannot conceptualise and doesn't understand things like metaphor, so that while his memory and ability to retain factual information is brilliant, his social skills are learned by rote rather than felt and understood by him
Memory masters ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Reudiger Gamm performs complex arithmetic instantly and without help; his brain stores numbers like a calculator. Orlando Sorrel remembers exactly what he was doing on any date, at any hour, and can accurately predict the day of the week thousands of years in the future. Kim Peek, the original "Rain Man", has read 12,000 books and hasn't forgotten a single word. What lies behind these astonishing abilities? This program explores recent research into the vast mental capacities of so-called savants. Studying brain structure and other important neurological factors, the film also examines why savants often lack basic interpersonal and survival skills
The boy with the incredible brain ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
A fascinating documentary about an extraordinary 25-year-old, Daniel Tammet, who can create mind-boggling mathematical calculations, can speak 9 languages fluently and claims he can learn a new language from scratch in a week. What makes Daniel's story particularly compelling is that he, unlike most other 'savants', has excellent language and communication skills, so is able to describe how he believes his amazing memory works. According to Daniel, he sees numbers as images and calculations as journeys through landscapes of images, colours and shapes. At the start of the programme he and his mother describe his childhood and he is also assessed by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, expert in autism, to see if there are any autistic aspects to his psychological make-up. The rest of the programme follows Daniel across America where he, among other things, meets Kim Peek, the world's most well-known savant and inspiration for the movie Rain Man. Daniel is then put to the test by Professor V.S. Ramachandran in San Diego. It is rapidly apparent that Daniel can indeed perform complex mathematical calculations, so the question is how does he do it. Ramachandran suspects he may have learned a conscious method of mathematics like the ancient art of abbacus calculation still taught to some Chinese children. Daniel still maintains his synaesthetic response to numbers and at the end of the testing Ramachandran and his assistant believe him. Finally Daniel goes to Iceland and is taught Icelandic for seven days, then asked to speak it on live Icelandic t.v. He passes the test. Darold Treffert, expert in savants, claims Daniel is one of the most important living people in terms of neurological research. Daniel himself describes well the precariousness of his position as such a valuable scientific curiosity when he acknowledges that: 'the line between profound talent and profound disability is so fine.'
Kim Peek at UW-Fond du Lac ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Lecture given at UW-Fond du Lac on savant syndrome by Kim Peek, Fran Peek, and Dr. Darold Treffert
Money talks by Kim Peek ( )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Brain man ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
A fascinating documentary about an extraordinary 25-year-old, Daniel Tammet, who can create mind-boggling mathematical calculations, can speak 9 languages fluently and claims he can learn a new language from scratch in a week. What makes Daniel's story particularly compelling is that he, unlike most other 'savants', has excellent language and communication skills, so is able to describe how he believes his amazing memory works. According to Daniel, he sees numbers as images and calculations as journeys through landscapes of images, colours and shapes. At the start of the programme he and his mother describe his childhood and he is also assessed by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, expert in autism, to see if there are any autistic aspects to his psychological make-up. The rest of the programme follows Daniel across America where he, among other things, meets Kim Peek, the world's most well-known savant and inspiration for the movie Rain Man. Daniel is then put to the test by Professor V.S. Ramachandran in San Diego. It is rapidly apparent that Daniel can indeed perform complex mathematical calculations, so the question is how does he do it. Ramachandran suspects he may have learned a conscious method of mathematics like the ancient art of abbacus calculation still taught to some Chinese children. Daniel still maintains his synaesthetic response to numbers and at the end of the testing Ramachandran and his assistant believe him. Finally Daniel goes to Iceland and is taught Icelandic for seven days, then asked to speak it on live Icelandic t.v. He passes the test. Darold Treffert, expert in savants, claims Daniel is one of the most important living people in terms of neurological research. Daniel himself describes well the precariousness of his position as such a valuable scientific curiosity when he acknowledges that: 'the line between profound talent and profound disability is so fine.'
 
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Languages
English (14)
Chinese (1)
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