An Exact Mind


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Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. About Peter. 2. Colour Plates. 3. An Artist who can teach Scientists. Further Reading.

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A collaboration between art & science that provides a rare window into the precision and exacting creativity of the Asperger mind at work

About the Author

Dr Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Trinity College. He is also Co-Director of the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge, and runs a clinic for adults with Asperger Syndrome. Sally Wheelwright is Senior Research Associate at the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge. Peter Myers' work has appeared in exhibitions all over the world and has been made into postcards. Peter has Asperger Syndrome and lives independently, in his own house in York.


'An Exact Mind is one of the best books about the work of an artist with a psychological disorder that I have seen. Psychologists Simon Baron-Cohen and Sally Wheelwright discuss the light Myer's work sheds on theories of Autism and Asperger's. It's a beautifully produced paperback, and the pictures are extremely strong and beautiful. It is worked I'd be very pleased to have adoring my own home. The book will also appeal to the many people who have a friend or relative with Asperger's, partly because it sheds some light on the subjective experience of living with the condition. Highly recommended. -Christian Perring 'The book showcases the intricate and ornately patterned drawings of Peter Myers who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 1996... In the main text of An Exact Mind, psychologists Simon Baron-Cohen and Sally Wheelwright discuss the psychological significance of Peter's works and explain in accessible language their theories of how the autistic mind processes information: his complex images serve as a rare window into the precision and exacting creativity of the Asperger mind at work.' - Communication 'Peter Myers' fantastically intricate and precise artworks are reproduced in the book and then analysed by the editors. But apparently Myers had his own ideas about their comments on his work and insisted on writing responses - which the publisher then included in the text. Most original.' - The Bookseller

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