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The behavioral syndrome of autism remains a puzzle. In the last section of the present chapter I have argued for new thinking in two opposing directions. In one direction is the recommendation for a methodological shift to the detailed exploration of the possibility of very small groups within the autistic spectrum. In the other direction is the application of a new neurofunctional model that may provide an explanation for some of the behavioral heterogeneity and neural deficits found in association with the spectrum. Although these are opposing stances, nonetheless both may be helpful in working to solve the puzzle of autism.
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