Combining the old and the new

Jon Brock*

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Bernard Rimland's classic text, Infantile Autism (1964), marked the beginning of research on autism as a disorder of cognition. Rimland's hypothesis - that autistic individuals have difficulty relating new and old experiences - has recently been updated in the form of Bayesian and predictive coding accounts of the condition. These new approaches have the potential to explain a wide range of symptoms associated with autism, linking differences in cognition to their underlying neurobiology. But as with all contemporary theories of autism, the challenge will be to address the huge variability that exists within the autism spectrum and the overlap with other supposedly distinct conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)750-753
Number of pages4
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

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