Autism as Contextblindness

Explains how the autistic brain functions

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The biggest problem for people with autism: there are no absolute meanings in our world. The meaning of many stimuli is context dependent. People with autism however are context blind: they give meaning in an absolute rather than a contextually sensitive way. We should clarify the context of stimuli so that people with autism can find their way “blindly” in a word full of relative meanings.

In this volume, inspired by the ideas of Uta Frith, the internationally known psychologist and a pioneer in theory of mind as it relates to autism, Vermeulen explains in everyday terms how the autistic brain functions with a particular emphasis on the apparent lack of sensitivity to and awareness of the context in which things happen.