What Is Social about Autism? The Role of Allostasis-Driven Learning

17 October, 2021
What Is Social about Autism? The Role of Allostasis-Driven Learning

A new Article by Dr. Shir Atzil and the students Meshi Djerassi and Shachar Ophir propose that autism is not the result of a broken "social brain". Instead, typical social development relies on allostasis-driven learning, and the most prominent learning in early life is crafted by social interactions. Therefore, the most prominent outcome of a learning variation is atypical social development. This new framework raises new research questions about the neural mechanisms underlying autism, and points to new targets for clinical intervention that can lower the age of diagnosis and improve the well-being of individuals with autism.

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