Autistic spectrum disorder in prehistory

C. Pickard, B. Pickard, C. Bonsall

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Abstract

Individuals with 'extraordinary' or 'different' minds have been suggested to be central to invention and the spread of new ideas in prehistory, shaping modern human behaviour and conferring an evolutionary advantage at population level. In this article the potential for neuropsychiatric conditions such as autistic spectrum disorders to provide this difference is explored, and the ability of the archaeological record to provide evidence of human behaviour is discussed. Specific reference is made to recent advances in the genetics of these conditions, which suggest that neuro psychiatric disorders represent a non-advantageous, pathological extreme of the human mind and are likely a by-product rather than a cause of human cognitive evolution.
LanguageEnglish
Pages357-364
Number of pages8
JournalCambridge Archaeological Journal
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

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Keywords

  • asperger-syndrome
  • language
  • homo-sapiens pays
  • species model
  • modern human behaviour
  • children
  • shamanism
  • schizophrenia
  • origins
  • brain evolution

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Pickard, C. ; Pickard, B. ; Bonsall, C. / Autistic spectrum disorder in prehistory. In: Cambridge Archaeological Journal. 2011 ; Vol. 21, No. 3. pp. 357-364.
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