Development and Brain Systems in Autism

1st Edition

Marcel Adam Just, Kevin A. Pelphrey

Psychology Press
Published March 18, 2013
Reference - 252 Pages
ISBN 9781848726406 - CAT# Y145038
Series: Carnegie Mellon Symposia on Cognition Series

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Summary

This volume covers several perspectives on autism which bring together the most recent scientific views of the nature of this disorder. A number of themes organize major developments and emerging areas in autism:

  • Cognitive and neural systems development: how autism arises in the behavior and thought of very young children.
  • Discovering brain mechanisms underlying social and cognitive deficits in autism: how we can explain "social awkwardness" and poor language comprehension in terms of malfunctions of brain mechanisms, revealed by fMRI studies of people with autism.
  • Integrating information about genes, brain, and biological mechanisms with behavioral evidence.
  • Linking the science of autism with lives lived: how the new information about autism impacts people with autism and real-world considerations.

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