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Autism: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780199207565

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¥1,598
著者: 
Uta Frith
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144 ページ
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Paperback
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111 x 174 mm
刊行日
2008年10月
シリーズ
Very Short Introductions

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  • Explains the vast array of different conditions that hide behind the two labels, autism and Asperger syndrome
  • Explores the links with neuroscience, psychology, brain development, and genetics
  • Looks at controversial issues such as MMR and Thimerosal, and whether there really has been a genuine rise in autism spectrum disorders
  • Highly authoritative: Uta Frith is one of the founding researchers in the field of autism
  • Describes some of the extraordinary 'savant' abilities of people from the autistic spectrum
  • Interweaves the science with a focus on the everyday, practical issues facing people with an autistic condition, to shed light on what it is like to live inside the mind of the sufferer.

  
What causes autism? Is it a genetic disorder, or due to some unknown environmental hazard? Are we facing an autism epidemic? What are the main symptoms, and how does it relate to Asperger syndrome? 
  
Everyone has heard of autism, but the disorder itself is little understood. It has captured the public imagination through films and novels portraying individuals with baffling combinations of disability and extraordinary talent, and yet the reality is more often that it places a heavy burden on sufferers and their families.
  
This Very Short Introduction offers a clear statement on what is currently known about autism and Asperger syndrome. Explaining the vast array of different conditions that hide behind these two labels, and looking at symptoms from the full spectrum of autistic disorders, it explores the possible causes for the apparent rise in autism and also evaluates the links with neuroscience, psychology, brain development, genetics, and environmental causes including MMR and Thimerosal. This short, authoritative, and accessible book also explores the psychology behind social impairment and savantism, and throughout, sheds light on what it is like to live inside the mind of the sufferer. 

目次: 

1: The autism spectrum
2: Causes of autism
3: Explaining the social impairment
4: Explaining the communication impairment
5: Explaining islets of ability
6: Explaining problems in everyday living
7: Can we explain everything at once?

著者について: 

Uta Frith is Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London and Deputy Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. She has published numerous books, papers, and articles on autism and dyslexia including Autism: Explaining the Enigma; Autism - Mind and Brain; Autism and Asperger Syndrome; The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education (with Sarah-Jayne Blakemore); Urville (with Gilles Trehin); and Autism in History: The Case of Hugh Blair of Borgue (with Rab Houston).

What causes autism? Is it a genetic disorder, or due to some unknown environmental hazard? Are we facing an epidemic? What are the main symptoms, and how does it relate to Asperger syndrome? This Very Short Introduction answers the key questions and offers a clear statement on what is currently known about autism and Asperger syndrome.
 
Autism

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