Researchers Link Autism and Testosterone
[Source: Ottawa Citizen]
Higher testosterone levels in unborn babies can lead to permanent changes in the brain that contribute to the development of autistic traits, new research suggests.
According to British psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen, autism is the result of an “extreme male brain,” leading to a mind that is predominantly hardwired for understanding rules, identifying patterns and building systems.
In people with autism, such neurological traits tend to be highly developed. A functioning female brain is largely hardwired for empathy — the ability to read and respond to another person’s thoughts or feelings.
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