This volume covers several perspectives on autism which bring together the most recent scientific views of the nature of this disorder. A number of themes organize major developments and emerging areas in autism:

  • Cognitive and neural systems development: how autism arises in the behavior and thought of very young children.
  • Discovering brain mechanisms underlying social and cognitive deficits in autism: how we can explain "social awkwardness" and poor language comprehension in terms of malfunctions of brain mechanisms, revealed by fMRI studies of people with autism.
  • Integrating information about genes, brain, and biological mechanisms with behavioral evidence.
  • Linking the science of autism with lives lived: how the new information about autism impacts people with autism and real-world considerations.

part Section I|31 pages

Lives Lived with Autism

chapter 1|9 pages

My Experience with Visual Thinking and Sensory Oversensitivity

The Need for Research on Sensory Problems
ByTemple Grandin

chapter 2|19 pages

Hans Asperger and his Patients

ByKathrin Hippler

part Section II|70 pages

Brain Mechanisms and Genetic Influences

chapter 3|29 pages

A Theory of Autism Based on Frontal-Posterior Underconnectivity

ByMarcel Adam Just, Timothy A. Keller, Rajesh K. Kana

chapter 4|15 pages

Implicit Learning and Reward Systems Deficit in Autism

A Mechanism for Social Learning Deficit?
ByAshley A. Scott-Van Zeeland, Susan Bookheimer

chapter 5|22 pages

Autism Susceptibility Genes and Normal Variation

Connecting Genes to Brain Structure and Function
ByDaniel H. Geschwind

part Section III|45 pages

Developmental Processes in Autism

part Section IV|69 pages

Neural Systems in Social and Emotional Processes

chapter |28 pages

Brain Mechanisms for Social Perception Dysfunction in Autism

ByKevin A. Pelphrey, Susan B. Perlman, Brent C. Vander Wyk

chapter 9|23 pages

Neural Representations of Self versus Other

Lessons from Autism
ByRajesh K. Kana, Christopher L. Klein, Laura Grofer Klinger, Brittany G. Travers, Mark R. Klinger

chapter 10|15 pages

Brain Connectivity and Emotional Processing in Autism

ByJennifer Moss, Bruno Wicker

part Section V|22 pages


chapter 11|20 pages

Organizing Principles for Austism Research

Where Do We Go From Here?
ByNancy J. Minshew, Carla A. Mazefsky