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Moral Reasoning a Struggle for Those with Autism - featured February 3, 2011

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[Source: Disability Scoop]

Individuals with autism are more likely than others to assign blame based on a situation’s negative outcome — whether or not malice was intended — a new study suggests.

The reason: people with autism tend to have poor use of a skill known as “theory of mind.” This ability, which is generally developed in children by age 5, helps establish moral judgment by allowing a person to understand that bad things can happen without bad intent.

In the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers presented a group of 26 adults — half with autism and half without — a series of hypothetical scenarios.

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