Autism Explained: Simple New Theory Links Confusing Array of Symptoms – PsyBlog

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Out of the Autistic Closet

I recently wrote an article about my own  autism celebration of Autism Awareness Month. In it I mentioned my ideas about autism being a disorder about prediction. You have no idea how much it meant to me to find this article on my favorite psychology blog. Reading it nearly left me in tears. That’ll teach me to be reading at work! Hrmph!

But, it was such a relief to realize that someone out there understood and was thinking like I did. Feeling understood is rare for people with autism, and it is a fundamental human need.

Anywho, I thought I’d pass it on.

New theory may explain the complex set of symptoms seen in autism.

New theory may explain the complex set of symptoms seen in autism.

People with autism often display a complex and confusing range of symptoms, including hypersensitivity to sound, problems interacting with others and repetitive behaviours.

Scientist have long wondered what all these — and other, seemingly unrelated symptoms — have in common.

Now MIT researchers are testing a brand new theory: that autistic children have difficulties predicting what is going to happen next, and it’s this problem that is at the root of autism (Sinha et al., 2014).

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