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Compensation in autism is not consistent with social motivation theory

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Original languageEnglish
Article numbere99
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2019

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Growing evidence, as presented by Jaswal and Akhtar, indicates that social motivation is not universally reduced in autism. Here, we evaluate and extend this argument in light of recent evidence of ‘compensation’ in autism. We thereby argue that autistic ‘compensators’ – exhibiting neurotypical behaviour despite persistent difficulties in social cognition – indicate intact or potentially heightened social motivation in autism.

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