Those with autism make good social psychologists

Date: September 10, 2019
Author: Bill Hathaway, Yale University

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by the inability of individuals to gauge the emotions and mental states of other people. However, if the lens is widened to include the behavior of people in general, those with ASD traits are as good or even slightly better social psychologists than people who do not have traits of autism, Yale researchers report Sept. 9 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“People with ASD traits seem to be able to analyze how people in general will react in a social situation, even if…

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