Autism as an Executive Disorder

Hardcover | January 1, 1998

EditorJames Russell

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Autism continues to fascinate researchers because it is both debilitating in its effects and complex in its nature and origins. The prevalent theory is that autism is primarily characterised by difficulties in understanding mental concepts, but the contributors to this book present new andcompelling arguments for an alternative theory. Their research points strongly to the idea that autism is primarily a disorder of "executive functions", those involved in the control of action and thought. As such, the book provides a new and controversial perspective on this importantquestion.

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Autism continues to fascinate researchers because it is both debilitating in its effects and complex in its nature and origins. The prevalent theory is that autism is primarily characterised by difficulties in understanding mental concepts, but the contributors to this book present new andcompelling arguments for an alternative theory....

James Russell is at University of Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198523491

ISBN - 13:9780198523499

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Table of Contents

J. Russell: Chapter 1. IntroductionThe Neurobiology of AutismT. Robbins: Chapter 2. Integrating the neurobiological and neurophysical dimensions of autismImpairments in generating behaviourM. Turner: Chapter 3. Towards an executive dysfunction account of repetitive behaviour in autismC. Jarrold: Chapter 4. Pretend play in autism: Executive explanationsThe nature and the uniqueness of the executive deficits in autismB. Pennington et al: Chapter 5. Validity tests of the executive dysfunction hypothesis of autismS. Ozonoff: Chapter 6. Components of executive function in autism and other disordersAgency, self-awareness, and autismE. Pacherie: Chapter 7. Motor-images, self-consciousness, and autismJ. Russell: Chapter 8. How executive disorders can bring about an inadequate "theory of mind"

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"Well worth the price. The first chapter, on the neurobiology of autism, is one of the best sources I've seen for lay readers on what is known or suspected about the basic brain biology of autism. The rest of the book is in the main British neuropsychology, to my mind some of the richestpsychological thinking on earth . . . There is another terrific chapter comparing the EF deficits in ADHD to EF deficits in autism; this was the first time I've encountered an explanation for my frequent sense that ADHD kids are harder to deal with even though 'technically' autism is the morechallenging diagnosis. And last but far from least Russell includes a chapter on the particular strengths of people with autism--an approach that is almost never taken here in America . . . A wonderful, wonderful book."--Catherine Johnson, Ph.D., coauthor of Shadow Syndromes, trustee of the NationalAlliance for Autism Research