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The hyper-systemizing, assortative mating theory of autism

, : The hyper-systemizing, assortative mating theory of autism. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry 30(5): 865-872

The hyper-systemizing theory of autism proposes that the systemizing mechanism is set too high in people with autism. As a result, they can only cope with highly lawful systems, and cannot cope with systems of high variance or change (such as the social world of other minds). They appear 'change-resistant'. This proposal extends the extreme male brain theory of autism. Finally, evidence is reviewed for autism being the genetic result of assortative mating of two high systemizers. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


PMID: 16519981

DOI: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2006.01.010

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