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Do people with Asperger syndrome have two left brains?

Most neuroscientists have dropped the right brain-left brain differentiation because cross-over of functions at multiple levels is now so widely recognized. So your understanding of two left brains is ...
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Why does Asperger's Syndrome seem to overlap with high IQ?

Short answer: Some traits of Asperger's are found in those with high intelligence, and vice versa. In the grander scheme of things, however, it appears that correlation does not imply causation. ...
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Can autism spectrum disorders be acquired or are they inherited traits only?

Anybody with enough will and persistence can find support for almost any viewpoint they desire concerning autism, depending especially on (lower) quality of source material. However, if you read ...
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Is autism caused by genetics?

In light of a recent question in MedicalSciences.SE, I thought I would update this answer to include some information from my answer there. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) now affects one in 68 births ...
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Is it possible to become addicted to sleep deprivation?

Possibly of interest: 2011 study from Berkeley, published in the Journal of Neuroscience: Pulling an all-nighter can bring on euphoria and risky behavior: https://news.berkeley.edu/2011/03/22/pulling-...
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Is stacking cans really a sign of Asperger's?

Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome difficulty recognizing social cues awkward body language social isolation aloofness fixation on certain objects The picture (and idea) that “stacking cans” is in ...
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Criterion for Asperger's Syndrome

I don't know what the author(s) or editors intended this to mean exactly, but I would guess that examples could include smiling, shrugging, head-scratching, pointing, holding out one's hand to invite ...
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What are the differences between Asperger's Syndrome and Schizoid Personality Disorder?

Schizoid personality disorder is characterized by a lack of interest in social relationships. However, with asperger syndrome, it's a limited empathy and understanding of other's situations. In other ...
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What is the evidence that mathematicians are more likely to have autistic traits than the rest of the population?

No. I can't seem to find a specific study into professional mathematicians or graduate students so far, the studies always seem to group the occupations together. However, Baron-Cohen's team has ...
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is it possible to be severely autistic yet not being "visibly autistic"?

What you propose Is it possible that someone has level-3 (severe) autism yet on superficial look or talk the disability does not appear? is a contradiction in terms by the usual (DSM) definition of ...
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Is it possible to become addicted to sleep deprivation?

"The more you do something (whether you particularly "enjoy" it or not) the more likely you are to build it up as a habit" This simply is not the case. "So in this regard, ...
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What are the differences between Asperger's Syndrome and Schizoid Personality Disorder?

This is a very good question. It's true that there might be some problems to differentiate Asperger's Syndrome and Schizoid Personality Disorder, infact, according to DSM-5 ...
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What is the relationship between mathematical ability and autism?

It can range from savant-like skills to extreme dyscalculia, some are very mean or average. The savant stereotype is caused mostly by many Western films which is applicable only for a small fraction ...
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Does Asperger's syndrome exist in other animal species?

It is difficult to identify autism definitively in other species, especially since autism encompasses a very diverse group of people who have different experiences. However, because there is so much ...
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In technologically advanced countries, do most autistic adults not know they are autistic?

Short answer: Yes. Modern estimates of global prevalence for autism are around 1-2% (for systematic reviews, see Baxter et al, 2015; Chiarotti & Venerosi, 2020). Prevalence rates appear stable ...
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How to distinguish introvert personality, social anxiety disorder and mild autism?

Here is an article which is very helpful for finding information about What is Avoidant personality disorder & social anxiety. I personally found it very informative because i have seen that many ...
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How to distinguish introvert personality, social anxiety disorder and mild autism?

There is an ongoing debate as to whether it is best to view personality disorders as being categorical or dimensional in nature. Your question infers the perspective of the categorical view. The ...
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Is stacking cans really a sign of Asperger's?

Autism is usually a range or spectrum of co-morbid symptoms that greatly vary from one autistic individual to another. As an only common characteristic we may say that autism is a disability in social ...
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Is it possible to become addicted to sleep deprivation?

Is sleep deprivation addictive? That may not be a correct conclusion based solely on the symptoms of mania that some people experience. While sleep deprivation has been used to treat depression, with ...
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Does everyone have some degree of Aspergers?

No. Everyone is not a little bit autistic. Everyone may not be "typically developing" in some or some aspect; but autism is not universal. Apparently Same symptoms or same behaviour may have ...
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Is the mathematician's activity psychologically healthy?

Simon Baron-Cohen developed a relevant tool for this question: the autism-spectrum quotient (AQ). A test is available here. Here are the abstracts of two papers of Baron-Cohen et al.: "The Autism-...
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