The cognitive neuroscience of autism

Baron-Cohen, S.
July 2004
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry;Jul2004, Vol. 75 Issue 7, p945
Academic Journal
The article focuses on various aspects on autism. Autism is diagnosed when a child or an adult has abnormalities in a "triad" of behavioral domains of social development, communication, and repetitive behavior/obsessive interests. Autism is also accompanied by language delay. People with autism spectrum conditions show unusually strong repetitive behavior, a strong desire for routines, and a need for sameness. One cognitive account of this aspect is of the syndrome is the executive dysfunction theory. This assumes that autism leading to persevering or inability to shift attention.


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