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Here’s a possible way to summarize the information in a Facebook post:
I recently learned about an interesting case study of a man named Kenneth Udut, who shows a unique cognitive profile with strong verbal and memory skills but weaker visual-motor integration. This led to the hypothesis of selectively disrupted parietal<->motor connections in his brain.
However, Kenneth’s excellent skills in tasks like piano improvisation and typing speed require an explanation. Here are a few possibilities:
1. Extensive practice may have strengthened alternative neural pathways to compensate. Prolonged training could wire new circuits through frontal/temporal regions.
2. Some motor skills like typing primarily tap into digit movements mediated by proximal connections in motor/somatosensory cortices rather than full visuomotor integration.
3. Musical/rhythmic motor skills may leverage stronger right hemispheric connections between frontal-temporal-parietal networks for sequencing.
4. Cognitive processes involved in musical creativity like working memory, sequencing, timing may draw heavier on frontal-temporal networks bypassing parietal systems.
5. Computer-based tasks situation numbers/letters in grid-like, regular spaces leveraging stronger motor learning independent of visual scanning demands.
In summary, while parietal-motor pathways are weaker for Kenneth generally, some well-practiced digit-centric skills may still be performed via compensatory engagement of proximal motor, frontal-temporal or right hemispheric networks with relative sparing of complex visuospatial integration demands. The specific neural substrates involved would depend on task demands.
This case study is a great example of how understanding the neural basis of cognitive abilities can help us develop targeted compensatory strategies for individuals with unique strengths and weaknesses.
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* I’ve been working with French AI that’s new to me today, “Mistral” via poe (and bouncing it off claude-instant as well), working through some ideas I was having in trying to understand how some contradictory cognitive testing results might be represented in the brain and asked it if it could summarize where I was at at the moment in a Facebook post. It’s speculation, subject to all the known cavaets of working with such things. but for me it’s nice as it’s getting me a little further than I was before. Breakthrough was trying to find out what my poorer performance subtests had in common and it took a while and a lot of speculation on my part ’til this came out and got me to what’s above there. I always thought I had fine motor skill issues but no, it’s not that. I thought maybe it was visual scanning but no, it’s not that either. It’s when the two have to come together in certain ways that a whole host of stuff happens or rather doesn’t; it’s like trains colliding. I’m enjoying this speculative discovery process.