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Keywords:

  • Autism;
  • theory of mind;
  • specific developmental delay;
  • modularity

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.