The hyper-systemizing, assortative mating theory of autism

@article{BaronCohen2006TheHA,
  title={The hyper-systemizing, assortative mating theory of autism},
  author={Simon Baron-Cohen},
  journal={Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry},
  year={2006},
  volume={30},
  pages={865-872}
}
  • S. Baron-Cohen
  • Published 1 July 2006
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
The hyper-systemizing theory of autism proposes that the systemizing mechanism is set too high in people with autism. As a result, they can only cope with highly lawful systems, and cannot cope with systems of high variance or change (such as the social world of other minds). They appear 'change-resistant'. This proposal extends the extreme male brain theory of autism. Finally, evidence is reviewed for autism being the genetic result of assortative mating of two high systemizers. 

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