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Cognition and Development – Autism

4. Is Autism an Affective or a Cognitive Condition?

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Lecture

In this lecture, we think about the question of whether autism is an affective or a cognitive condition, focusing in particular on: (i) theories of autism as an affective disorder; (ii) the work of Kanner and Asperger and its influence on later research; (iii) how research conducted in the 1960s, which linked autism to specific cognitive and perceptual abilities, popularised the view of autism as a cognitive disorder.

Course

In this course, Professor Peter Mitchell (University of Nottingham) explores the condition of autism. In the first lecture, we think about what autism is. In the second lecture, we examine the causes of autism. In the third lecture, we look at the question ‘Can autism be cured?’. Next, we consider whether autism is an affective or a cognitive condition. In the fifth lecture, we think about different cognitive theories of autism. In the sixth and final lecture, we take a closer look at a specific cognitive theory of autism, known as the theory of ‘weak central coherence’.

Lecturer

Peter Mitchell is Professor and Director of Studies in Psychology at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Previously, he was head of the School of Psychology on the University of Nottingham’s UK campus. He has published six books and is editor of the British Journal of Psychology. Professor Mitchell has served as Chair of the Developmental Section of the British Psychological Society and as Chief Examiner for the Economic and Social Research Council UK PhD studentship competition. Some of Professor Mitchell’s recent publications include ‘Autism and the double empathy problem: Implications for development and mental health’ (2020) and ‘Do neurotypical people like or dislike autistic people?’ (2021).

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Mitchell, P. (2020, February 20). Cognition and Development – Autism - Is Autism an Affective or a Cognitive Condition? [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/autism/is-autism-an-affective-or-a-cognitive-condition

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Mitchell, P. "Cognition and Development – Autism – Is Autism an Affective or a Cognitive Condition?." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 20 Feb 2020, https://massolit.io/courses/autism/is-autism-an-affective-or-a-cognitive-condition

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