Human traits are distributed for the most part on a continuum and, similar to metabolic and morphological features, brain functions such as social cognition and mental flexibility, which underlie autism diagnosis, are also continuously distributed in humans. This continuous distribution of traits means that we have adopted thresholds at which we define disease. Moreover, many of those who have relative disabilities have strengths in certain areas, including exceptional abilities. Daniel Geschwind will reflect on these observations and how recent advances in genetics might inform our framing of disorders like autism.
Daniel Geschwind, Gordon and Virginia Macdonald Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles
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