Is ASD due to a “super male” brain?

Posted By on June 9, 2009

In the June 22 issue of Forbes is an article by Elisabeth Eaves about Simon Baron-Cohen (academic brother of comedian Sasha Baron-Cohen) which discusses his research and his idea that the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) brain is an extreme version of the male brain.

Baron-Cohen and his researchers feel the currrent incidence of ASD is 156 per 10,000 (or 1.56 %).

Today the strongest evidence [of a cause for ASD] supports a genetic theory, most likely with an additional environmental factor that interacts with the risk genes. The Extremely Male Brain

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Dan is the Director of Studio Operations and co-founder of Autistry Studios which means that he's the guy who keeps everything working. Mechanical, Electrical, and Computational. In his spare time he teaches many "build stuff" workshops and if any time is left over after that he builds model trains or anything else he is momentarily interested in.