First, my sources: McLean hypothesis triune brain: http://lecerveau.mcgill.ca/flash/capsules/articles_pdf/triunebrain.pdfhttp://lecerveau.mcgill.ca/flash/capsules/articles_pdf/triunebrain.pdf Human brain regions: http://projectflexner.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/how-we-learn/ Book with cortex and neo-cortex emphasis: On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins with Sandra Blakeslee Autism linked with excess neurons of the prefrontal cortex: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111108200522.htm If the connection to excess of neurons in the prefrontal cortex turns out to be part of the overall cause of autism, then: 1. Could this maladaptation come to be guided and adapted for good, such as autistic-savants who are mathematically gifted or verbally gifted and able to memorize entire volumes (exempli gratia, Shakespeare)? Perhaps in the future, will there be a potentially predictable development in which medicine => neurology and Behavioralist bio-psycho-sociologists can fashion a rerouting of autistic-savants into overall-mediocre-success quasi-savants, distanced from the mentally retarded (now listed side by side in Special Education lists, Special Olympics, etcetera)? 2. On the other hand, could the patient's behavior currently be used to force the prefrontal cortex into disuse, hence atrophy this area of the brain? And, by following McLean's hypothesis (McLean's hypothesis being categorized as a hypothesis only thus far), could the limbic and reptilian areas be strengthened simultaneously with likewise behavior (exempli gratia, sports, dancing, foreign language conversation, sign language with deaf people, charity work with physically handicapped amputees, public speaking, musical performances, theatre acting)? Would this serve to make the autistic patients more social, more balanced, and more normal overall? Additionally: If patients with autism watch fictional and historical autistic characters on TV and in movies, are the patients able to understand what is wrong with the autistic characters and see the resemblance to their own erroneous patterns? Would this lead to correcting the error in their autistic patterns of thought, speech, behavior, or merely an awareness of it? Taken even farther, would acting the role of autistic characters bring them to an insight of their mental disadvantage, especially if they could watch the footage afterward as many times as necessary?