Geeks, genes, and the evolution of Asperger syndrome / Dean Falk and Eve Penelope Schofield.

Author
Falk, Dean [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
  • Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2018.
  • ©2018
Description
xvii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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"In this unusual book an evolutionary anthropologist and her coauthor/granddaughter, who has Asperger syndrome, examine the emergence and spread of Asperger syndrome and other forms of high-functioning autism. The authors speak to readers with autism, parents, teachers, clinicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, other health-care providers, autism researchers, evolutionary biologists, geneticists, paleoanthropologists, and people who simply enjoy reading about science. Using the latest findings regarding brain evolution and the neurological, genetic, and cognitive underpinnings of autistic individuals at the high end of the spectrum, Falk theorizes that many characteristics associated with Asperger syndrome are by-products of the evolution of advanced mental processing. She explores the origins of autism, whether it is currently evolving, how it differs in males and females, and whether it is a global phenomenon. Additionally, Eve Schofield, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome as a child, provides firsthand accounts of what it is like to grow up as an "Aspie""--The publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-234) and index.
Contents
  • Before Asperger syndrome: three evo-devo trends that made us human
  • Sensory experiences: a missing link for understanding Asperger syndrome
  • Social naivete and advanced cognition: an Aspie enigma
  • Sex and gender in Asperger syndrome
  • Geeks, genes, and the evolution of Asperger syndrome
  • Autism rising: a world perspective
  • Asperger's garden: what does the future hold?
ISBN
  • 9780826356925 ((pbk. ; : alk. paper))
  • 0826356923
LCCN
2017026650
OCLC
1005057328
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