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  •  I'm wondering if your observation about (0+ / 0-)

    "peaking later" represents not so much a difference between male vs. female but rather autistic (Asperger's) vs. neurotypical, with a confound due to the fact that males are much more likely than females to be autistic. IOW, it's possible that the apparent earlier peak for males is accounted for mostly by Aspies and the comparison you're making is really between autistic males and neurotypical females, a classic "full-confound comparison" (the illustration I like to use is the hypothetical study that found that teenagers with working mothers commit more crimes than toddlers with stay-at-home mothers).

    I'm a (non-autistic) male who also experienced the same effect of stats making more sense as I got older.

    In a dog-eat-dog world, rabies is an advantage in the short term.

    by ebohlman on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:11:30 PM PDT

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    •  interesting. I don't have any stats on my notion (0+ / 0-)

      in any case, but it would be interesting to know if this is a confounding factor. But first we'd have to know whether I'm right about women.

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      by Tamar on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 01:28:08 PM PDT

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