Autism: An Introduction to Psychological Theory by Francesca HappéAutism: An Introduction to Psychological Theory by Francesca Happé

Autism: An Introduction to Psychological Theory

byFrancesca Happé


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Autism is a fascinating yet perplexing disorder that continues to intrigue researchers and clinicians studying brain and behavior. In this lucid and elegant book, Francesca Happé provides a concise overview of current psychological theory and research that synthesizes the established work on the biological foundations, cognitive characteristics, and behavioral manifestations of this disorder. She focuses her discussion on the cognitive approaches that deal with both thought and feeling--those hypotheses that link brain to action, deepen our understanding of the autistic person's view of the world, and offer better approaches to effectively managing the behavior of people with autism struggling to live in our world. The book reviews the latest research into the communication, socialization, and imagination impairments in autism, and further distinguishes the levels of severity in the spectrum of autistic disorders. Happé also includes a discussion of the talented few--high-functioning autistic individuals with Asperger's syndrome--and of the many childhood behavioral disorders, unrelated to autism, that manifest autistic-like symptoms.

Autism is an important and much-needed contribution to the literature. It will be valued by parents and teachers of autistic children as well as by students and researchers interested in disorders of language and communication.

Francesca Happé is a research scientist at the Medical Research Council in London.
Title:Autism: An Introduction to Psychological TheoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pagesPublisher:HarvardLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0674053117

ISBN - 13:9780674053113

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Table of Contents




The History of Autism

Autism at the Behavioral Level

Autism at the Biological Level

Autism at the Cognitive Level: Understanding Minds

Autism at the Cognitive level: Alternatives to Theory of Mind

The Talented Minority

Asperger's Syndrome

Autism and Not-autism

Remaining Puzzles: A Look to the Future


Subject Index

Author Index

Editorial Reviews

Happé's book is a clear and concise guide to the current research. She picks her way carefully through the minefield of controversies to point out a middle ground where she believes consensus might lie. The book will be invaluable for students, but also useful for others interested in this field and who, like her, 'find themselves captivated and mesmerised by the enigma of autism.'Happé's Autism not only conveys the intellectual excitement of a pioneer worker in this field, but gives a critical, scholarly, and balanced account of the whole subject.