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Leo Kanner and the Psychobiology of Autism


Abstract Leo Kanner first described autism in his 1943 article in Nervous Child titled "Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact". Throughout, he describes the eleven children with autism in exacting detail. In the closing paragraphs, the parents of autistic children are described as emotionally cold. Yet, he concludes that the condition as he described it was innate. Since its publication, his observations about parents have been a source of controversy surrounding the original definition of autism.

Thus far, histories about autism have pointed to descriptions of parents of autistic children with the claim that Kanner abstained from assigning them causal significance. Understanding the theoretical context in which Kanner's practic... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Cohmer, Sean (Author) / Hurlbut, James B (Advisor) / Maienschein, Jane (Committee member) / Laubichler, Manfred (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject History of science / Psychobiology / Psychology / Adolf Meyer / Autism / Leo Kanner / Psychiatry / Psychobiology / Psychology
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 71 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Biology 2014
Collaborating Institutions ASU Graduate College / ASU Libraries
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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