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New insights about why children with autism are less social

Children with autism are known to be less social compared with the other kids. Why this is the case is a matter of debate for a long time. To answer this question, researchers monitored the brain activity of 43 children between the ages of 7 and 10, with and without autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. The study found that kids with more severe autism were anticipating the nonsocial rewards as compared to normal kids that anticipated social rewards. Basically, children with autism are less social because they find less reward in social interaction than their peer. The results provide support for two hypotheses behind social behavior in autism: the social motivation hypothesis and the overly intense world hypothesis.

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