Asperger's and the Extreme Male Brain

Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen holds that autism and Asperger's represent an exaggerated version of a typically "male" brain.

Whereas male brains are overall more interested in systemizing and less interested in empathizing than female brains, the Asperger's brain is on the most "male" side of that spectrum.

The finding helps explain why many more boys than girls suffer from the disease, though girls with Asperger's may be misdiagnosed.

Recent posts on Asperger's Syndrome

How do You Tell a Teenager that He has Autism?

By Ugo Uche on September 24, 2016 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
Apparently, most teens who have not been educated on autism, view autism as a form of intellectual impairment which they have come to associate with social stigma.

Being Autistic at the Bottom of the World

By John Elder Robison on September 10, 2016 in My Life With Asperger's
Attitudes about autism vary greatly around the world.

The 8-Ball from Hell of ASD: Perfectionism

Perfectionism is a dilemma with two prongs: the self-imposed need to get things exactly right, and self-inflicted criticism in the face of inevitable failure.

Autistics as Undomesticated Humans

To the extent that humans are a self-domesticated species, autistics can be seen as less domesticated than others.

Back to School, Back to Stress: 5 Tips for Autism Parents

For many parents of children with autism and special needs, the days and weeks leading to “Back to School” can be extremely nerve-wracking.

Teens With Autism: Looking at Strengths for Employment

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on August 02, 2016 in The Autism Advocate
Are you thinking about your teen with autism and possible employment? Consider his interests, strengths, and obsessions.

Dissecting Sheldon Cooper

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in Media Spotlight
If you've seen even a single episode of the hit sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, then you're familiar with Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Understanding the antics of an eccentric genius.
James Coplan, MD

Autism: Epidemic or Explosion? (And Why It Matters)

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A Fresh Take on Asperger's

Whether Asperger's is a disorder is a matter of context. Disorder is relational and situational, not absolute and irrevocable, as terminology and everyday assumption suggest.

A (Metaphorical) Bridge Between Semantic Order and Chaos

Walt Whitman once asked, “Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems?” Research on the neural networks involved in metaphor processing justifies that feeling of pride.
Chantal Sicile-Kira

Preparing Teens With Autism for Work: Self Employment

Looking at self-employment as an option sometimes leads to an actual job. The process of discovering a person’s strengths and weaknesses can lead to traditional employment.

Do Vitamins Cause Autism?

By Mark Borigini M.D. on May 13, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
Most striking were the 21 mothers who had “excess” levels of both vitamins. In this group, 10 had children who were diagnosed with autism. In other words, almost one-half.

It's Autism Awareness Month

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Sometimes Evolutionary Mismatch is a Good Thing

Often, modern environments mismatch ancestral environments to our detriment. But sometimes, unnatural technologies can be beneficial. Here’s an example - that relates to autism.

The Unhappy Intellectually Gifted Child

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 10, 2016 in How To Do Life
An interview with Edward Amend

Did Einstein Show Asperger's Traits?

Psychological traits of Einstein and 11 others including Lincoln, Howard Hughes, Warhol, and Darwin, and how they coped with inner adversity are examined in this new book.

The Autism of Rodin’s Thinker

Autistic deficits in quick, intuitive social responses are balanced by strengths in more deliberative, objective, and unbiased reasoning, just as the diametric model implies.

Don’t Miss the Rainbow Searching for a Pot of Gold

A St. Patrick’s Day reminder that all victories are lucky charms

Sex, Aspergers & Autism

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on March 01, 2016 in As You Like It
This is an exhaustive list of resources on sex and autism-spectrum disorders. It is for parents, educators, individuals with autism, and their partners.

Reading Asperger in the 'Reading the Mind in the Eyes' Test

An important precedent for our understanding of autism and its history is set by the finding that only a minority of autistics show an impairment on reading the mind in the eyes.

Preparing the Teen With Autism - What Do Employers Look For?

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on February 16, 2016 in The Autism Advocate
Instead of focusing on the skills your child or student does not have, look at the top ten attributes employers search for. Your child or student probably has a few of those.

Were the Timekeepers of the Ancient World Autistic?

By John Elder Robison on February 13, 2016 in My Life With Asperger's
Were the ancient calendars a product of early autistic thinkers? If so, is that one more example of their place in the early churches, guiding humanity?

What Can We Do to Prepare Youths with Autism for Employment?

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on February 05, 2016 in The Autism Advocate
Preparing a child or student with autism for life as a productive adult? Planning ahead and teaching life skills needed for employment are two important steps.

Does Mom Know Best, or Do We Presume Autistic Competence?

In the autism community, parents often think they know best. But increasing numbers of young adult autistics challenge that notion.

Designer Genes

By Diane Tober Ph.D. on January 21, 2016 in The Age of Biotech
Rejecting sperm and egg providers because of ADHD and Dyslexia? Cultural myths abound surrounding "disability" and genetics.

3 New Books That Get Psychology Right

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Books are best when they do more than one thing well. The ones reviewed here show that their authors understand human nature and can handle plot and setting with aplomb.

Autism Parents: You Didn’t Win Powerball but That’s OK

By Darren Sush Psy.D., BCBA-D on January 14, 2016 in All the Pieces
You might not be a new billionaire, but you wouldn’t want to spend $1.5b on new autism therapy options anyway.

Was the Father of Asperger Syndrome an Accomplice to Murder?

Many identify with Asperger's syndrome, a part of the Autism Spectrum. New revelations that Dr. Asperger may have participated in murder in WWII cast doubt on his legacy.

Treat Your New Year’s Resolution Like Your Child's IEP Goals

By Darren Sush Psy.D., BCBA-D on January 03, 2016 in All the Pieces
Keeping the same standards from your child’s IEP goals can help you set realistic and attainable new year’s resolutions.

Mentalizing, Ontological Confusions, and Religious Belief

New research findings from Finland suggest that facility with theory of mind may be less important for religious belief than most cognitive scientists of religion have assumed.