Evidence from auditory nerve and brainstem evoked responses for an organic brain lesion in children with autistic traits

  • M. Student
  • H. Sohmer


In an attempt to resolve the question as to whether children with autistic traits have an organic nervous system lesion, auditory nerve and brainstem evoked responses were recorded in a group of 15 children with autistic traits. The most obvious results included a longer response latency of the auditory nerve and a longer brainstem transmission time, compared to normal children. Five of the autistic children were found to be profoundly deaf. These results strengthen the theory that an organic lesion of the nervous system can give rise to autistic traits.


Nervous System Response Latency Brain Lesion Transmission Time Normal Child 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Student
    • 1
  • H. Sohmer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Behavioral SciencesTel Aviv UniversityTel Aviv
  2. 2.Department of PhysiologyHebrew University-Hadassah Medical SchoolJerusalemIsrael

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