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      The extreme male brain theory of autism

      Trends in Cognitive Sciences

      Elsevier BV

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          The key mental domains in which sex differences have traditionally been studied are verbal and spatial abilities. In this article I suggest that two neglected dimensions for understanding human sex differences are 'empathising' and 'systemising'. The male brain is a defined psychometrically as those individuals in whom systemising is significantly better than empathising, and the female brain is defined as the opposite cognitive profile. Using these definitions, autism can be considered as an extreme of the normal male profile. There is increasing psychological evidence for the extreme male brain theory of autism.

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          Journal
          Trends in Cognitive Sciences
          Trends in Cognitive Sciences
          Elsevier BV
          13646613
          June 2002
          June 2002
          : 6
          : 6
          : 248-254
          Article
          10.1016/S1364-6613(02)01904-6
          12039606
          © 2002

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