Social and pragmatic deficits in autism: Cognitive or affective?

@article{BaronCohen1988SocialAP,
  title={Social and pragmatic deficits in autism: Cognitive or affective?},
  author={Simon Baron-Cohen},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
  year={1988},
  volume={18},
  pages={379-402}
}
  • S. Baron-Cohen
  • Published 1 September 1988
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Autism is characterized by a chronic, severe impairment in social relations. Recent studies of language in autism also show pervasive deficits in pragmatics. We assume, uncontroversially, that these two deficits are linked, since pragmatics is part of social competence. This paper reviews the literature describing these deficits, and then considers two different psychological theories of these phenomena: the Affective theory and the Cognitive theory. Although the Affective theory makes better… 
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