More testosterone reduces empathy

CAMBRIDGE, England, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Administrating testosterone adversely affects a person's ability to infer what another person is feeling from eye expressions, British and Dutch experts say.

Alleged hacker may be tried in Britain

LONDON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Gary McKinnon says he has new reason to believe he may not be extradited from Britain for allegedly hacking into U.S. military computers.

Study sheds light on autism genes

CAMBRIDGE, England, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The genes thought to cause autism may also confer on people without the condition mathematical, musical and other skills, researchers in England say.

DVD offered as help for autistic children

LONDON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A DVD on the antics of animated vehicles with human faces, designed to help autistic children, is available through a British government-based initiative.

Cases of childhood autism increasing in UK

LONDON, July 14 (UPI) -- Autism in Britain is three times more common than previously thought, affecting 1 in every 100 children, a study found.

Autism may be linked to hormones

CAMBRIDGE, England, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Researchers in Britain say that autism may be the result of an exaggeration of what happens in male brains.

Simon Baron-Cohen (born July 23, 1959) is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology in the Departments of Psychiatry and Experimental Psychology, a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Director of the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom.. He is best known for his work on autism, including his early theory that autism involves degrees of "mindblindness" (or delays in the development of theory of mind); and his later theory that autism is an extreme form of the "male brain", which involved a reconceptualisation of typical psychological sex differences in terms of empathizing–systemizing theory.

Baron-Cohen has an MA degree in Human Sciences from New College, Oxford, where he was supervised by Peter Bryant and Richard Dawkins. He has a PhD in Psychology from University College London under the supervision of Uta Frith and an M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.

Baron-Cohen studied his PhD with Uta Frith and was a co-author of the first study to show that children with autism have delays in the development of a theory of mind (ToM) (Cognition, 1985),. A ToM is held to be fundamental to being human, enabling flexible social interaction, communication and empathy.

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