Richard Panek

The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek


It was almost certainly no coincidence that just as the idea of an autism spectrum was entering the mainstream of both popular and medical thinking, so was the concept of an autism "epidemic." If the medical community is given a new diagnosis to assign a range of familiar behaviors, then of course the incidence of that diagnosis is going to go up. Did it? If so, wouldn't we see a drop in some other diagnoses—the diagnoses that these new cases of autism or Asperger's would have previously received? Yes—and in fact we do see evidence of that drop.

“Excels at finding concrete examples that reveal the perceptual and social limitations of autistic and ‘neurotypical’ people alike.”
The New York Times

The Autistic Brain can both enlighten readers with little exposure to autism and offer hope and compassion to those who live with the condition.”
Scientific American

“Grandin and Panek explore neuroimaging, genetics, and brain science in this book that looks at what causes autism and how it can be treated and diagnosed. Fascinating.”
Publishers Weekly

Selected Works

The behind-the-scenes story of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics
Goodreads Choice Award for Best Nonfiction Book of 2013 and a New York Times bestseller
A brief history of how we found our place in the universe
An original look at two of the most important revolutions—and revolutionaries—of modern life.
The true story of a Major League battle for the heart of America.
Serious and silly musings on modern science...or whatever.

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