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Autism. Explaining the Enigma. 2nd Edition. Cognitive Development

  • ID: 2247967
  • Book
  • March 2003
  • 260 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The first edition of
Autism: Explaining the Enigma quickly became a classic because it provided the first satisfactory psychological account of what happens in the mind of a person with autism. The book proposed that the key problems were an inability to recognize and think about thoughts (theory of mind), and an inability to integrate pieces of information into coherent wholes (central coherence). It suggested that from this beginning, problems of communication, social interaction, and flexibility follow as the complex interactions of human development unfold.

This updated edition reports on how this explanation has stood the test of time. A new chapter outlines developments in neuropsychological research that have taken place since the book was first published and reviews the growing body of work on the neurological basis of autism. The accessible style and structure of the original edition have been retained, with information and references updated throughout.

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Preface to the Second Edition.


1. What is Autism?.

2. The Enchantment of Autism.

3. Lessons from History.

4. Is there an Autism Epidemic?.

5. Mind–reading and Mind–Blindness.

6. Autism Aloneness.

7. The Difficulty of Talking to Others.

8. Intelligence and Special Talent.

9. A Fragmented World.

10. Sensations and Repetitions.

11. Seeing the Brain through a Scanner.

12. A Different Brain A Different Mind.



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Uta Frith
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