Social learning and the etiology of autism

Nathaniel Lewis Bushwick
2001 New Ideas in Psychology  
A developmental theory of autism is presented as an alternative to current nativist theories. The traits of autism are seen as results of failure of the process of social learning. The distinction between social learning and ontogenic discovery is discussed and a model of normal social learning is presented, showing its cyclical nature and signi"cance. Recognized traits of autism are brie#y described and classi"ed, and it is shown how the main categories of traits could result from defective
more » ... ial learning, while defective social learning itself could be the result of a variety of causes, some of which might also a!ect other aspects of intelligence. The theory provides a framework into which current knowledge of autism can be integrated.
doi:10.1016/s0732-118x(00)00016-7 fatcat:c5runzjk75evbo4grfwklse5fm