An Examination of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Relation to Human Evolution and Life History Theory

Abstract

Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders are multifaceted conditions that are being diagnosed increasillgly in Western nations. Current research suggests genetic and epigenetic effects as well as social and environmental conditions all playing direct roles in the expression and development of these disorders. Evaluating the development of the human brain s increased intelligence and plasticity in terms of human life history and evolutionary trade offt allows for new hypotheses to be formed regarding the development of the disorders. Aspects of the broad autism phenotype may have given ancient humans advantages in tool making and mechanical thinking, thus preserving the trait in various cultures to the modern day.

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@inproceedings{Lomelin2014AnEO, title={An Examination of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Relation to Human Evolution and Life History Theory}, author={Daniel E. Lomelin}, year={2014} }