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. 2006 Aug;29(4):413-414.
doi: 10.1017/S0140525X06319097.

Autism: Common, Heritable, but Not Harmful

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Autism: Common, Heritable, but Not Harmful

Morton Ann Gernsbacher et al. Behav Brain Sci. .
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We assert that one of the examples used by Keller & Miller (K&M), namely, autism, is indeed common, and heritable, but we question whether it is harmful. We provide a brief review of cognitive science literature in which autistics perform superiorly to non-autistics in perceptual, reasoning, and comprehension tasks; however, these superiorities are often occluded and are instead described as dysfunctions.

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