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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:03 PM
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4. People With Autism Make More Rational Decisions, Study Shows
ScienceDaily (Oct. 15, 2008) People with autism-related disorders are less likely to make irrational decisions, and are less influenced by gut instincts, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust. The study adds to the growing body of research implicating altered emotional processing in autism.

Decision-making is a complex process, involving both intuition and analysis: analysis involves computation and more "rational" thought, but is slower; intuition, by contrast, is much faster, but less accurate, relying on heuristics, or "gut instincts".

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"People with autism tended to be more consistent in their pattern of choices, their greater attention to detail perhaps helping them avoid being swayed by their emotions," says Dr Neil Harrison.

<snip> http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/0810151102...
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