Image via WikipediaA new study from Cambridge University has for the first time found that autism diagnoses are more common in an IT-rich region.
The Medical Research Council (MRC) funded study, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, has important implications for service provision in different regions and for the 'hyper-systemizing' theory of autism.
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the Autism Research Centre
(ARC) at the University of Cambridge, led the study (which was conducted
in the Netherlands) with Dr Rosa Hoekstra, a Dutch autism researcher
based at ARC and The Open University.
The researchers predicted that autism spectrum conditions (ASC) would be
more common in populations enriched for 'systemizing', which is the
drive to analyse how systems work, and to predict, control and build
systems. These skills are required in disciplines such as engineering,
physics, computing and mathematics.