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Cognitive theories of autism

Rajendran, G. and Mitchell, P. (2007) Cognitive theories of autism. Developmental Review, 27 (2). pp. 224-260. ISSN 0273-2297

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Abstract

This article considers three theories of autism: The Theory of Mind Deficit, Executive Dysfunction and the Weak Central Coherence accounts. It outlines each along with studies relevant to their emergence, their expansion, their limitations and their possible integration. Furthermore, consideration is given to any implication from the theories in relation to the distinction or otherwise between the various autistic subgroups. Finally, future directions in autism research are identified, especially in terms of methodological advances and whether the three theories can be unified.

Item type: Article
ID code: 5154
Keywords: autism, asperger syndrome, autistic spectrum disorders, cognitive theories, Psychology, Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health, Education, Psychiatry and Mental health, Experimental and Cognitive Psychology, Developmental and Educational Psychology
Subjects: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2008
Last modified: 17 Jun 2015 16:10
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/5154

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