We know that autistics have deficits in interpreting facial expression, but now we also know that, as predicted by the diametric model, people with schizotypal traits do the opposite and exaggerate facial expression.
The diametric model suggests that psychology is divided up into folk and scientific, popular and official sub-types, with popular psychology being superior in some respects to its official counterpart.
The unexpected finding that protection against schizophrenia is conferred by congenital cortical but not peripheral blindness gives credence to the diametric model’s claim that hyper-mentalism is the core pathology in psychosis.
A study directly comparing autism and schizophrenia risks in a population of 5 million provides the first large-scale empirical test for the imprinted brain theory’s prediction that such risks co-vary inversely.
An inner, observing self has been widely ridiculed as a model of consciousness, but the diametric view of cognition and the symptoms of both autism and psychosis argue strongly for it—along with some recent discoveries in neuroscience.
The postings are meant to provide topical additions, comments, and reactions to relevant developments since the publication of TheImprinted Brain. They also provide an opportunity to answer critics, correct errors, draw attention to relevant research, and to post suggestions which may be important in the future.