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UCL Press Release: Autistic children could learn through stereotypes

18 June 2007

Autistic children have a capacity to understand other people through stereotypes, say scientists at UCL.

The research shows that autistic children are just as able as others to predict people's behaviour when stereotypes, such as gender and race, are the only available guide.

The psychologist who led the research, which is published today in the journal 'Current Biology', believes stereotypes could be used to help improve how autistic children relate to other people, by playing to their strength for understanding groups. More …