Humor in Autism and Asperger Syndrome

  title={Humor in Autism and Asperger Syndrome},
  author={V. Everett Lyons and Michael Fitzgerald},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
Research has shown that individuals with autism and Asperger syndrome are impaired in humor appreciation, although anecdotal and parental reports provide some evidence to the contrary. This paper reviews the cognitive and affective processes involved in humor and recent neurological findings. It examines humor expression and understanding in autism and Asperger syndrome in the context of the main psychological theories (Theory of Mind, Executive Functions, Weak Central Coherence and… 
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