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(p. 143) Validity tests of the executive dysfunction hypothesis of autism 

(p. 143) Validity tests of the executive dysfunction hypothesis of autism
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(p. 143) Validity tests of the executive dysfunction hypothesis of autism
Author(s):

Bruce F. Pennington

, Sally J. Rogers

, Loisa Bennetto

, Elizabeth McMahon Griffith

, D. Taffy Reed

, and Vivian Shyu

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780198523499.003.0005
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date: 14 October 2019

This chapter aims to examine the validity of the hypothesis that executive dysfunction is the primary psychological cause of autism. It reviews work that supports this hypothesis, defines executive functions and elaborates on the executive dysfunction hypothesis, presents four validity tests of this hypothesis, and considers metatheoretical issues that bear on the search for the primary psychological cause of this disorder.

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