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Autism

4. Is Autism an Affective or a Cognitive Condition?

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Lecture

In this module, we think about the question whether autism is an affective or a cognitive condition. We begin by considering theories of autism as an affective disorder, focusing in particular on the work of Kanner and Asperger and its influence on later research. We then examine how research conducted in the 1960s, which linked autism to specific cognitive and perceptual abilities, popularised the view of autism as a cognitive disorder.

Course

In this course, Professor Peter Mitchell (University of Nottingham), discusses the condition of autism. We begin, in module one, by asking what autism is before moving on, in module two, to examine the causes of this condition. Module three looks at the question ‘Can autism be cured?’, while module four examines whether autism is an affective or a cognitive condition. In module five, we think about different cognitive theories of autism. Finally, in module six, we take a closer look at a specific cognitive theory of autism, known as the theory of ‘weak central coherence’.

Lecturer

Peter Mitchell gained a BA (Hons) in Psychology and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Liverpool, UK. After that, he spent three years working as a postdoctoral scientist at Birmingham University. He is now serving as Professor and Director of Studies in Psychology at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Previously, he was Head of the School of Psychology in Nottingham UK. He has published around 100 scientific articles in leading international journals, has published six books and he is editor of the British Journal of Psychology. He has served as Chair of the Developmental Section of the British Psychological Society and as Chief Examiner for the Economic and Social Research Council UK PhD studentship competition. Before joining Nottingham University he worked at the University of Birmingham, University of Oxford, University of Wales and University of Warwick. He also served as visiting professor at McGill University in Canada.

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APA style

Mitchell, P. (2020, February 20). Autism - Is Autism an Affective or a Cognitive Condition? [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/autism/is-autism-an-affective-or-a-cognitive-condition

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Mitchell, Peter. "Autism – Is Autism an Affective or a Cognitive Condition?." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 20 Feb 2020, https://www.massolit.io/courses/autism/is-autism-an-affective-or-a-cognitive-condition

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