I think one of the thal’s greatest weaknesses is a very slow rate of acclimatization to new environments. In particular, I believe our sensory processing tends to be narrow and deep, having a lot of complexity in familiar environments and maladaptive simplicity in unfamiliar environments (mirroring our hobby interests).
To illustrate, I’ll employ the example of a head transfer function.
Now, if you plug a person’s ears with putty it takes their brain about three weeks to create a new head transfer function, until which they’ll have difficulty locating the source of a sound in space. My hypothesis is that, controlling for IQ and musicianship (pre-existing pitch/timbre) differentiation ability), an aspie will take longer to create the new head transfer function.
I believe this is related to our relatively slow emotional processing cycle, which results in emotional reactions that last minutes rather than seconds, which is highly maladaptive in complex, shallow affect socializing.