A neurochemical theory of autism

  title={A neurochemical theory of autism},
  author={Jaak Panksepp},
  journal={Trends in Neurosciences},
  • J. Panksepp
  • Published 31 December 1979
  • Psychology
  • Trends in Neurosciences
Abstract The appreciation of the existence of a brain disorder as encapsulated in early childhood autism has only come to the fore in recent years. Possibly for this reason, there is no apparent agreement as to which of the symptoms of the disorder, namely emotional disturbances or cognitive defects, are primary, and which are secondary. Nor is there yet either a generally accepted medical treatment or a coherent neurochemical theory of autism. In this article, Jaak Panksepp puts forward the… 
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