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Think back to the time when you were first taught pronouns. What do you mean you don’t know? Actually, that’s a perfectly natural response. The average person simply learns pronouns by absorbing language as a child and from that point forward inherently knows which pronoun to use without giving it much thought. Autistic individuals, on the other hand, often confuse pronouns.
While browsing for articles on autism, I learned that a team of scientists have discovered that the difficulty in pronoun choice for autistics reflects a disordered neural representation of the self that are processed in the frontal and posterior of the brain. The researchers used fMRI to compare brain activation pattern and synchronization of activation across brain areas in high functioning autistic, and compared those results to a control group. The full study can be found in the journal Brain.
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