Prior studies had already implicated higher uterine concentrations of male sex hormones -- androgens -- in increasing the odds for an autism spectrum disorder, noted a team led by Simon Baron-Cohen
. He directs the Autism Research Center at the University of Cambridge.
POKING FUN Mark Strong and Sacha Baron-Cohen
in the new comedy "Grimsby", but it does not bother Mariners great McDermott (left)
THE grandfather of Sacha Baron-Cohen
has penned a childrens' book about a boy with a magic nose.
THE SOURCE: "Autism and the Technical Mind" by Simon Baron-Cohen
, in Scientific American, Nov.
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen
, director of the university's Autism Research Centre, said there are currently several clues that parents who work in the fields of maths, science and engineering might have a higher risk of having an autistic child.
(developmental psychopathology, experimental psychology and psychiatry, U.
"For a scientist this is, of course, wholly inadequate," writes Baron-Cohen
, a developmental psychologist specializing in autism.
Summary: Simon Baron-Cohen
has been battling with evil all his life.
One explanation gaining increased traction as a result of multiple converging lines of evidence is the fetal testosterone theory of autism, Simon Baron-Cohen
, Ph.D., said in the annual Blake Marsh Lecture.
and coworkers are conducting a landmark, ongoing, longitudinal study of 235 typically developing children whose fetal testosterone levels are known because their mothers underwent amniocentesis.
, a leading researcher in this area, has argued that autism (and Asperger Syndrome) is an imbalance between two types of intelligence such that sufferers lack an ability to understand people but have an overdeveloped ability to understand and think about systems, movement and mechanical thinking.