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Author Falk, Dean, author.

Title Geeks, genes, and the evolution of Asperger syndrome / Dean Falk and Eve Penelope Schofield.

Publication Info. Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    616.8588 FAL    Available
Description xvii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Before Asperger syndrome: three evo-devo trends that made us human -- Sensory experiences: a missing link for understanding Asperger syndrome -- Social naivete and advanced cognition: an Aspie enigma -- Sex and gender in Asperger syndrome -- Geeks, genes, and the evolution of Asperger syndrome -- Autism rising: a world perspective -- Asperger's garden: what does the future hold?
Summary "In this unusual book an evolutionary anthropologist and her coauthor/granddaughter, who has Asperger syndrome, examine the emergence and spread of Asperger syndrome and other forms of high-functioning autism. The authors speak to readers with autism, parents, teachers, clinicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, other health-care providers, autism researchers, evolutionary biologists, geneticists, paleoanthropologists, and people who simply enjoy reading about science. Using the latest findings regarding brain evolution and the neurological, genetic, and cognitive underpinnings of autistic individuals at the high end of the spectrum, Falk theorizes that many characteristics associated with Asperger syndrome are by-products of the evolution of advanced mental processing. She explores the origins of autism, whether it is currently evolving, how it differs in males and females, and whether it is a global phenomenon. Additionally, Eve Schofield, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome as a child, provides firsthand accounts of what it is like to grow up as an "Aspie""-- The publisher.
Subject Schofield, Eve Penelope, 1991- -- Health.
Asperger's syndrome -- Patients -- Biography.
Asperger's syndrome -- Research.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Added Author Schofield, Eve Penelope, 1991- author.
ISBN 9780826356925 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 14913789

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