Overlap of autism and seizures

Understanding cognitive comorbidity

Neha Khetrapal*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article introduces the concept of 'cognitive comorbidity,' which lays emphasis on common cognitive deficits that cut across different disorders. The concept is illustrated with the help of two commonly reported overlapping conditions (autism and epilepsy). It is further explained by concentrating on two important cognitive processes of facial emotional recognition and emotional memory, shown to be compromised in both conditions; and their underlying neural substrates. Cognitive comorbidity is then contrasted with 'comorbidity,' a term which is more commonly used for describing cognitive disorders. The paper closes by providing directions for rehabilitative and theoretical efforts that could be inspired by the newly introduced concept.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-128
Number of pages7
JournalMens Sana Monographs
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Amygdala
  • Autism
  • Brain
  • Cognitive comorbidity
  • Comorbidity
  • DSM
  • Epilepsy
  • Hippocampus
  • Intervention

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