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    Autism as an adaptive common variant pathway for human brain development

    Johnson, Mark H. (2017) Autism as an adaptive common variant pathway for human brain development. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 25 , pp. 5-11. ISSN 1878-9293.

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    Abstract

    While research on focal perinatal lesions has provided evidence for recovery of function, much less is known about processes of brain adaptation resulting from mild but widespread disturbances to neural processing over the early years (such as alterations in synaptic efficiency). Rather than being viewed as a direct behavioral consequence of life-long neural dysfunction, I propose that autism is best viewed as the end result of engaging adaptive processes during a sensitive period. From this perspective, autism is not appropriately described as a disorder of neurodevelopment, but rather as an adaptive common variant pathway of human functional brain development.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2017 15:56
    Last Modified: 10 Nov 2017 15:01
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/18363

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