Response to “Letter to the Editor: The Overlap Between Alexithymia and Asperger’s Syndrome”, Fitzgerald and Bellgrove, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 36(4)

@article{Hill2006ResponseT,
  title={Response to “Letter to the Editor: The Overlap Between Alexithymia and Asperger’s Syndrome”, Fitzgerald and Bellgrove, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 36(4)},
  author={Elisabeth L. Hill and Sylvie Berthoz},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
  year={2006},
  volume={36},
  pages={1143-1145}
}
  • E. HillS. Berthoz
  • Published 1 November 2006
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
We read with interest the letter of Fitzgerald and Bellgrove outlining their views on the possibility of an overlap between Alexithymia and Asperger syndrome (Fitzgerald & Bellgrove, 2006). It is refreshing to see that others are noting a similarity between certain aspects of these two conditions. However, a number of relevant studies were not mentioned. Consequently we feel that it is important to provide information concerning direct studies of this topic, as well as of recent neuroimaging… 

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