Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 357–380

Cognitive abilities and disabilities in infantile autism: A review

  • Margot R. Prior

DOI: 10.1007/BF00917609

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Prior, M.R. J Abnorm Child Psychol (1979) 7: 357. doi:10.1007/BF00917609


The literature on various aspects of learning and performance in autistic children is reviewed and interpreted as indicating very little that is specific to autism. Inadequate and inconsistent methodology precludes generalizations concerning the nature of the disorder. It is suggested that future research should be particularly concerned with controlling for developmental influences on performance, and with investigation of the higher functioning autistic children who are less governed by retardation factors. The current evidence is considered to support a hypothesis concerning abnormal hemisphere functioning in this group of children.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Margot R. Prior
    • 1
  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

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