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Is autism an extreme of the male brain?

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Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, University of Cambridge, gives a public lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Tuesday 15 March. He will ask Is autism an extreme of the male brain?

The lecture will ask what can sex differences tell us about autism - and vice versa? Autism affects males far more than females. Might it be an extreme of the male brain - male brains being more interested in systemising, female brains more in empathising?

Simon Baron-Cohen is professor of developmental psychopathology and director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. His recent book The Essential Difference: men, women and the extreme male brain is a highly acclaimed best seller.

Professor Simon Blackburn will chair this event.

Is Autism an Extreme of the Male Brain? is on Tuesday 15 March at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Press cuttings

Health briefing (14 March 05)
Reference to lecture by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, of the University of Cambridge, on autism at LSE, which explores whether the condition is 'an extreme of the male brain'.

7 March 2005