Kim Peek Dies

If I were to begin my psychology career now, and if I studied something other than the psychology of religion, it would be to study people like Kim Peek. Born without a corpus callosum, Peek was the inspiration for the movie Rain Man. His amazing ability to memorize left him with an estimated 9000 - 12000 books committed to memory, but at the cost of learning conceptual things with tremendous difficulty. Peek died December 19, 2009, of a heart attack at the age of 58. If you are interested in psychology, do yourself a favor and read about this remarkable person. His hometown newspapers offer stories here and here. This wikipedia biography also includes links to several media appearances that are worthwhile.

1 comment:

Michael Nielsen said...

Here is a fascinating documentary about Kim Peek. It is well worth your time to view this video of a truly interesting man.