Autism: Mind and Brain

Paperback | January 27, 2004

EditorUta Frith, Elisabeth Hill

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Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that allows a unique window on the relationship between mind and brain. The study of autism provides insight into the brain basis of the complex social interactions typical of human beings, since a profound impairment in social interactions is thehallmark of autistic disorders. While autism was first described almost 60 years ago, research into its cognitive and neurophysiological basis has intensified over the last two decades. Autism: Mind and Brain provides a comprehensive overview of currently conducted experiments, which are guided by bold theories that are being tested rigorously. With contributions from international leaders in autism research, the book focuses on new ideas and findings that are graduallyinfluencing our understanding of autism and its variants. These new approaches include the use of functional and structural brain imaging studies as well as novel behavioural measures. Together they demonstrate significant advances in knowledge and testify to the development and integration ofcurrent cognitive theories of autism. The application of these new and sophisticated approaches forge a path forward for future autism research, and present powerful new insights into this fascinating and still puzzling disorder.

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Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that allows a unique window on the relationship between mind and brain. The study of autism provides insight into the brain basis of the complex social interactions typical of human beings, since a profound impairment in social interactions is thehallmark of autistic disorders. While autism was...

Uta Frith is at Institute of Cognitive Science, University College London, UK. Elisabeth Hill is at Institute of Cognitive Science, University College London, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:January 27, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198529244

ISBN - 13:9780198529248

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Frith and Hill: Introduction1. Hill and Frith: Understanding autism: insights from mind and brain2. Hippler and Klicpera: A retrospective analysis of the clinical case records of 'autistic psychopaths' diagnosed by Hans Asperger and his team at the University Children's Hospital, Vienna3. Tager-Flusberg and Joseph: Identifying neurocognitive phenotypes in autism4. Charman: Why is joint attention a pivotal skill in autism?5. Swettenham, Condie, Campbell, Milne and Coleman: Does the perception of moving eyes trigger reflexive visual orienting in autism?6. Hobson and Bishop: The pathogenesis of autism: insights from congenital blindness7. Klin, Jones, Schultz and Volkmar: The enactive mind, or from actions to cognition: lessons from autism8. Baron-Cohen, Richler, Bisarya, Gurunathan and Wheelwright: The systemizing quotient: an investigation of adults with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism and normal sex differences9. Plaisted, Saksida, Alcantara and Weisblatt: Towards an understanding of the mechanisms of weak central coherence effects: experiments in visual configural learning and auditory perception10. Booth, Charlton, Hughes and Happe: Disentangling weak coherence and executive dysfunction: planning drawing in autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder11. Mari, Marks, Marraffa, Prior and Castiello: Autism and movement disturbance12. Salmond, de Haan, Friston, Gadian and Vargha-Khadem: Investigating individual differences in brain abnormalities in autism13. Schultz, Grelotti, Klin, Kleinman, van der Gaag, Marois and Skudlarski: The role of the fusiform face area in social cognition: implications for the pathobiology of autism