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, 30 (5), 865-72

The Hyper-Systemizing, Assortative Mating Theory of Autism

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The Hyper-Systemizing, Assortative Mating Theory of Autism

Simon Baron-Cohen. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry.

Abstract

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.

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