Debate and Argument: On Modularity and Development in Autism: a Reply to Burack

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  • Simon Baron-Cohen

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    1. Departments of Psychology and Child Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 HAF, U.K.
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Abstract

Abstract Burack (this issue) reopens questions First raised by ray 1989a article in this Journal, on whether children with autism have a specific delay in the development of a theory of mind, or whether the data reflect deviance rather, than delay: His paper is of considerable value in highlighting points for debate. In my response, I focus on three issues: First, the logical possibility that delay and deviance can occur together. Second, die evidence that autism may instantiate this possibility. Finally, the important question of the modularity of theory of mind.

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