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Very geeky description of stuff with tons of research references and details
Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2021
I was blown away by this book because of how it straddles a line between easily understandable abstractions and detailed scientific explanations. Today is now 2021 and I'd love to see an update that goes into newer research in the decade since this was published.
I did additional digging into a few things I was curious about, like the fascinating relationship between IQ and people on the spectrum (overall vs. those with Asperger's), but I wouldn't like to have to do that for all of the topics discussed here. (I discovered that while IQ is inherited, autism doesn't seem to be. So the whole area of those like me diagnosed with Asperger's is quite confounding for researchers, which partly explains why Asperger's has been so hard to diagnose. And I apologize, but I find the term "Asperger's" much easier to comprehend than "L1ASD" or whatever the more formal name might be this year.)
One thing that's clear from reading this book is that anybody seriously interested in this field is going to need to have a fairly wide swath of knowledge about several discrete areas of study and research as well as the history behind them, including: cognitive psych, neuro psych, behavioral psych, genetics and genomics, and probably some background in PT, OT, and ST as well.
After reading this book, I'm left with one dominant conclusion: for everything question researchers in this broad field answer from their work, five more questions turn up. I also cannot figure out how so much material got crammed into so few pages. Temple is an amazing writer and communicator, in spite of the fact that she thinks in pictures and this is NOT a "picture book" but mostly an abundance of words.