Autism as a disorder of prediction

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Chapter 10 endnote 42, from How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context is:

Autism is also hugely variable, a term applied to a wide spectrum of symptoms that probably have multiple, complex causes. All I’m saying is: the possibility is intriguing that autism is a disorder of prediction.

Several recently published papers discuss autism in terms of problems with prediction and prediction error.[1][2][3][4]


Notes on the Notes

  1. Quattrocki, E. and Karl Friston. 2014. "Autism, oxytocin and interoception." Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 47: 410-430.
  2. Sinha, Pawan and others. 2014. "Autism as a disorder of prediction." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(42): 15220-15225.
  3. Van de Cruys, Sander, Kris Evers, Ruth Van der Hallen, Lien Van Eylen, Bart Boets, Lee de-Wit, and Johan Wagemans. 2014. “Precise Minds in Uncertain Worlds: Predictive Coding in Autism.” Psychological Review 121 (4): 649–675.
  4. Related, see Khan, Sheraz and others. 2015. "Somatosensory cortex functional connectivity abnormalities in autism show opposite trends, depending on direction and spatial scale." Brain,138; 1394–1409. This paper details problems with feedback connectivity (i.e., predictions) and a dominance of feedforward connectivity (i.e., prediction error) in autism.