Visually Indexed

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A 2008 interview with the author, inventor and activist Professor Temple Grandin animated in a new instalment of the PBS Blank On Blank series in which she talks about the curious workings of her mind. Sez she:

I was diagnosed with autism as a young child. I had all of the full-blown autism symptoms, no speech, screaming, just everything. I was definitely fully autistic. Now, my brain is visually indexed. I’m basically Totally visual. I mean, everything in my mind works like a search engine set for the image function. And you type in the keyword and I get pictures, and it comes up in an associational sort of way. I want you to give me some key words and don’t give me something common like house or car, because everybody can visualize that.

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