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Trends Neurosci. 1991 Oct;14(10):433-8.

The cognitive basis of a biological disorder: autism.

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  • 1MRC Cognitive Development Unit, London, UK.


This article summarizes recent evidence indicating that individuals suffering from autism have a specific problem in understanding intentions and beliefs. We propose that this problem arises because they are incapable of forming a special kind of mental representation. A single cognitive deficit defines what is common to all autistic individuals. In contrast there is a wide range of proposals for the biological origins of the disorder.

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