People with autism show extreme examples of 'male mind', say Cambridge University researchers led by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen

People with autism exhibit extreme examples of the the typical male mind, where logic and rules are stronger than empathy, according to new research.

In the largest psychological study of sex differences in adults with autism to date, scientists from the Autism Research Centre (ARC) at Cambridge University found both men and women with autism were more likely to look for underlying rules in a system rather than to try to recognise feelings.

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, who led the study at the ARC, said: “Our study provides strong evidence in support of the ‘extreme male brain’ theory of autism.”

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19th July 2014
Cambridge News