Visuo-spatial Processing in Autism—Testing the Predictions of Extreme Male Brain Theory. Falter, C. M., Plaisted, K. C., & Davis, G. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38(3):507–515, March, 2008. Citation Key Alias: falter2008visuo
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It has been hypothesised that autism is an extreme version of the male brain, caused by high levels of prenatal testosterone (Baron-Cohen 1999). To test this proposal, associations were assessed between three visuospatial tasks and prenatal testosterone, indexed in secondto-fourth digit length ratios (2D:4D). The study included children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD (N = 28), and chronological as well as mental age matched typicallydeveloping children (N = 31). While the group with ASD outperformed the control group at Mental Rotation and Figure-Disembedding, these group differences were not related to differences in prenatal testosterone level. Previous findings of an association between Targeting and 2D:4D were replicated in typically-developing children and children with ASD. The implications of these results for the extreme male brain (EMB) theory of autism are discussed.
@article{falter_visuo-spatial_2008,
	title = {Visuo-spatial {Processing} in {Autism}—{Testing} the {Predictions} of {Extreme} {Male} {Brain} {Theory}},
	volume = {38},
	issn = {0162-3257, 1573-3432},
	url = {http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s10803-007-0419-8},
	doi = {10.1007/s10803-007-0419-8},
	abstract = {It has been hypothesised that autism is an extreme version of the male brain, caused by high levels of prenatal testosterone (Baron-Cohen 1999). To test this proposal, associations were assessed between three visuospatial tasks and prenatal testosterone, indexed in secondto-fourth digit length ratios (2D:4D). The study included children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD (N = 28), and chronological as well as mental age matched typicallydeveloping children (N = 31). While the group with ASD outperformed the control group at Mental Rotation and Figure-Disembedding, these group differences were not related to differences in prenatal testosterone level. Previous findings of an association between Targeting and 2D:4D were replicated in typically-developing children and children with ASD. The implications of these results for the extreme male brain (EMB) theory of autism are discussed.},
	language = {en},
	number = {3},
	urldate = {2019-11-03},
	journal = {Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
	author = {Falter, Christine M. and Plaisted, Kate C. and Davis, Greg},
	month = mar,
	year = {2008},
	note = {Citation Key Alias: falter2008visuo},
	pages = {507--515}
}
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