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feminism AND autism

Kaat Alaerts, Stephan P Swinnen, Nicole Wenderoth
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are far more prevalent in males than in females. Little is known however about the differential neural expression of ASD in males and females. We used a resting-state fMRI-dataset comprising 42 males/42 females with ASD and 75 male/75 female typical-controls to examine whether autism-related alterations in intrinsic functional connectivity are similar or different in males and females, and particularly whether alterations reflect 'neural masculinization', as predicted by the Extreme Male Brain theory...
June 2016: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
Susanne Bejerot, Jonna M Eriksson, Sabina Bonde, Kjell Carlström, Mats B Humble, Elias Eriksson
BACKGROUND: The 'extreme male brain' theory suggests that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an extreme variant of male intelligence. However, somewhat paradoxically, many individuals with ASD display androgynous physical features regardless of gender. AIMS: To assess physical measures, supposedly related to androgen influence, in adults with and without ASD. METHOD: Serum hormone levels, anthropometry, the ratio of 2nd to 4th digit length (2D:4D) and psychiatric symptomatology were measured in 50 adults with high-functioning ASD and age- and gender-matched neurotypical controls...
August 2012: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
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