The hyper-systemizing, assortative mating theory of autism

  title={The hyper-systemizing, assortative mating theory of autism},
  author={S. Baron-Cohen},
  journal={Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry},
  • S. Baron-Cohen
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • 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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