Are autistic children “Behaviorists”? An examination of their mental-physical and appearance-reality distinctions

@article{BaronCohen1989AreAC,
  title={Are autistic children “Behaviorists”? An examination of their mental-physical and appearance-reality distinctions},
  author={S. Baron-Cohen},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
  year={1989},
  volume={19},
  pages={579-600}
}
  • S. Baron-Cohen
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    Journal of autism and…
    1989
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • This paper continues our earlier investigation of autistic children's deficit in attributing beliefs to others—in their “theory of mind.” Three experiments are reported. The first tests the prediction that autistic children will fail to distinguish mental and physical entities. The second tests the prediction that they will also be unaware of the mental function of the brain. The third tests the prediction that they will be unable to take into account their own mental states. This latter… CONTINUE READING

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