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  •  Correlation is not causation. (6+ / 0-)

    Haven't read the paper (and press releases are notorious for skipping over tiny scientific details like, on occasion, the entire point of the study), but it seems that all this shows is that a lagging neuro-system lags in several ways.

    Being aware of (and treating) out-of-the-ordinary responses to fear (etc) is a good thing, of course; but that PR headline is irresponsible.

    •  Exactly. If a Child Has Trouble Figuring Out (6+ / 0-)

      new situations, it wouldn't be surprising that they might be fearful. I'd expect the causation to be other way round.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 04:35:32 PM PST

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    •  I think what the headline meant is that (4+ / 0-)

      people like me have greater autistic behavioral responses (flapping, stimming, etc.) if our fear levels go up. The longer it takes to reduce fear, the longer it takes to let go of flapping or stimming (those autistic behaviors that non-autistics find so distressing, for such weird reasons). I flap a lot, and rock, too, especially when I get one of those damn memory loops that won't leave me alone.

      The fact that the severity of the autism tends to increase the fear response and thus increase the autistic behaviors doesn't reverse causation; it's actually a feedback loop problem, I think.

      "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." - Hubert Humphrey

      by Killer of Sacred Cows on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 07:27:42 PM PST

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