Lateralized brain dysfunction in autism: evidence from the Halstead-Reitan neuropsychological battery.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Selected tests from the Halstead-Reitan neuropsychological battery were administered to 10 male individuals who had been diagnosed as autistic in early childhood. Results from the battery obtained from the autistic group were compared with a group of retarded persons matched for IQ and with a group of patients with demonstrable diffuse brain damage. As a group, the autistic subjects showed a pattern of deficits indicative of a significantly greater degree of left hemisphere dysfunction than either comparison group. Furthermore, within-subject comparisons revealed that the autistic group had a significantly greater left than right hemisphere dysfunction, while neither comparison group showed this lateralized pattern.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dawson, G

Published Date

  • September 1, 1983

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 269 - 286

PubMed ID

  • 6643373

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0162-3257

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF01531566


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States