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Gifted Scientists and Autism: Is There a Connection?

Synopsis
Classic autism and Asperger Syndrome are two subgroups on the autistic spectrum. Both lead to social and communication difficulties, the former also involving learning difficulties. Both also involve the development of strong, narrow, unusual interests - sometimes disparagingly called ‘obsessions’. In this videorecording of a lecture given as part of the Cambridge University Science Festival 2006, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen analyses the nature of ‘obsessional interests’ and reveals that they entail a talent for ‘systemising’. Systemising is the drive to understand how systems work and how to predict them. Science is a good example of systemizing. The lecture then looks at the intriguing possibility that there may be a link between autism and strong systemizing. Do the genes for autism and scientific ability run in the same families, for example?
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2006
Year of production
2006
Subjects
Psychology; Science
Keywords
Asperger’s syndrome; autism; clinical psychology; scientists; systems

Online availability

URI
http://www.sciencelive.org/component/option,com_mediadb/task,play/idstr,CUSP-CSF_06-BaronCohen/vv,-2/Itemid,26
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Contributor
Simon Baron-Cohen

Production Company

Name

Cambridge University Science Productions

Distributor

Name

FirstScience

Web
http://www.firstscience.tv External site opens in new window

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