ISBN-10:
0674053117
ISBN-13:
9780674053113
Pub. Date:
09/01/1998
Publisher:
Harvard
Autism: An Introduction to Psychological Theory / Edition 1

Autism: An Introduction to Psychological Theory / Edition 1

by Francesca HappéFrancesca Happé

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Overview

Autism is a fascinating yet perplexing disorder that continues to intrigue researchers and clinicians studying brain and behavior. In this lucid and elegant book, Francesca Happé provides a concise overview of current psychological theory and research that synthesizes the established work on the biological foundations, cognitive characteristics, and behavioral manifestations of this disorder. She focuses her discussion on the cognitive approaches that deal with both thought and feeling—those hypotheses that link brain to action, deepen our understanding of the autistic person's view of the world, and offer better approaches to effectively managing the behavior of people with autism struggling to live in our world. The book reviews the latest research into the communication, socialization, and imagination impairments in autism, and further distinguishes the levels of severity in the spectrum of autistic disorders. Happé also includes a discussion of the talented few—high-functioning autistic individuals with Asperger's syndrome—and of the many childhood behavioral disorders, unrelated to autism, that manifest autistic-like symptoms.

Autism is an important and much-needed contribution to the literature. It will be valued by parents and teachers of autistic children as well as by students and researchers interested in disorders of language and communication.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674053113
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/01/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Francesca Happé is a research scientist at the Medical Research Council in London.

Table of Contents

Introduction; The history of autism; Autism at the behavioural level; Autism at the biological level; Autism at the cognitive level: understanding minds; Autism at the cognitive level: alternatives to theory of mind; The talented minority; Asperger's syndrome; Autism and not-Autism; Remaining puzzles: a look to the futur.

What People are Saying About This

Happé's Autism not only conveys the intellectual excitement of a pioneer worker in this field, but gives a critical, scholarly, and balanced account of the whole subject.

Oliver Sacks

Happé's Autism not only conveys the intellectual excitement of a pioneer worker in this field, but gives a critical, scholarly, and balanced account of the whole subject.

Alan M. Leslie

Happé is a skilled writer...[Her] book is lucid, accurate, and thoughtful on a topic of enormous interest.
Alan M. Leslie, Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science

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