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IN CONTEXT

APPROACH

Theory of mind

BEFORE

1943 American psychiatrist Leo Kanner identifies autism, suggesting it is the result of cold, unemotional parenting.

1944 Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger describes autism as “an extreme variant of male intelligence.”

1979 British psychiatrists Lorna Wing and Judith Gould discover that there is a wide spectrum of autistic disorders.

AFTER

1989 German-born psychologist Uta Frith states that autistic individuals tend to notice detail, rather than the broader aspects of situations.

1997 UK psychologist Peter Mitchell argues Baron-Cohen’s “theory of mind” fails to explain the exceptional memory and ability in specific ...

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