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J Neurodev Disord. 2012 Jul 19;4(1):20.

Reward processing in autism: a thematic series.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, USA. dichter@biac.duke.edu.

Abstract

This thematic series presents theoretical and empirical papers focused on understanding autism from the perspective of reward processing deficits. Although the core symptoms of autism have not traditionally been conceptualized with respect to altered reward-based processes, it is clear that brain reward circuitry plays a critical role in guiding social and nonsocial learning and behavior throughout development. Additionally, brain reward circuitry may respond to social sources of information in ways that are similar to responses to primary rewards, and recent clinical data consistently suggest abnormal behavioral and neurobiologic responses to rewards in autism. This thematic series presents empirical data and review papers that highlight the utility of considering autism from the perspective of reward processing deficits. Our hope is that this novel framework may further elucidate autism pathophysiology, with the ultimate goal of yielding novel insights with potential therapeutic implications.

PMID:
22958239
PMCID:
PMC3445830
DOI:
10.1186/1866-1955-4-20
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