Psychological Roots of Social and Linguistic Deficiencies in Autism and the Distinction between Classical and Quantum Neural Computing

  • Antonio CassellaEmail author
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Verbal autistics may master semantics and syntax but remain blind to pragmatics. They may surpass normal 4-year-olds in neuropsychological tests that require the capacity to link two representations, yet they will trail behind normal 4-month-olds in tests that measure the ability to shift one’s attention. The uneven performance of autistics advocates for three hypotheses (Logos, or Λ): (1) classical neural computing (sequence, or the first attention), which embraces order and rejects chaos, is spared in ASD; (2) autistics’ blindness to the mental states of others owes to their impaired quantum neural computing (simultaneity, or the second attention), which embraces order and chaos simultaneously; and (3) in nonautistic individuals, classical and quantum neural computing may collaborate to adopt new schemata, create spontaneous dialogues, and manage social encounters. Logos may enrich an understanding of the psychological roots of language deficiencies in autism and educational practices that will convey to autistic individuals the freedom to communicate flexibly.


Cognitive Capacity Virtual Object Neural Computing Pretend Play Autistic Individual 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mérida State Institute of Research of Social Intelligence and Autism (IMERISYA)Zea MéridaVenezuela

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