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Centre for Applied Autism Research Annual Lecture 2019

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Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of the Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University: Autism and Sex Differences

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Females on average show higher levels of empathy and males on average show a stronger drive to systemize, and scores on measures of empathy and systemizing provide evidence that autism can be viewed as an extreme of the typical male brain. Prenatal sex steroid hormones might influence the typical sex differences and play a role in ‘masculinizing’ the autistic brain, and I summarize work from our lab testing these ideas.

Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is Director, Autism Research Centre (ARC) in Cambridge. He has a degree in Human Sciences from New College, Oxford, a PhD in Psychology from UCL, and an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London, and he held lectureships in these departments. He is author of Mindblindness, The Essential Difference, Prenatal Testosterone in Mind, and Zero Degrees of Empathy. He has edited scholarly anthologies including Understanding Other Minds, Synaesthesia, and The Maladapted Mind. He has written books for parents and teachers including Autism and Asperger Syndrome: The Facts, and Teaching Children with Autism to Mindread. He has celebrated autism in An Exact Mind. He is author of the DVDs Mind Reading and The Transporters, to help children with autism learn emotion recognition, both nominated for BAFTA awards. He is author of >450 scientific articles. He has supervised 32 PhD students.

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