Atypical Cognitive Deficits in Developmental Disorders: Implications for Brain Function

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A New Finding: Impairment in Shifting Attention in Autistic and Cerebellar Patients
Eric Courchesne Alan J. Lincoln
University of California at San DiegoChildren's Hospital, San Diego
Children's Hospital California School
of Professional Psychology
Jeanne P. Townsend
University of California at San Diego Hector E. James
Children's HospitalUniversity of California at San Diego
Natacha A. Akshoomoff Osamu Saitoh
University of California at San DiegoNational Center of Neurology
Children's Hospitaland Psychiatry, Tokyo
Rachel Yeung-Courchesne Brian Egaas
Children's Hospital, San DiegoChildren's Hospital, San Diego
Gary A. Press Richard H. Haas
Kaiser Hospital, San Diego University of California at San Diego
James W. Murakami Laura Schreibman
University of Washington University of California at San Diego

THE THEORY

For over 200 years, the cerebellum has invariably been viewed by medical science as part of the motor control system of the human brain ( Ghez & Fahn, 1991; Gilman, Bloedel, & Lechtenberg, 1981). For 50 years, infantile autism has been viewed as a disorder of the highest forms of human mental function ( Kanner, 1943). Of all of the theories of infantile autism over the last

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