The specific theory-of-mind deficit in HFA adults

You don’t see much research on high-functioning autists or autistic adults, since women don’t feel any nurturing instinct toward them and women hold the purse strings, but it produces more interesting findings than research on retarded children:

Deconstructing Theory-of-Mind Impairment in High-Functioning Adults with Autism

To accurately predict agent behavior, participants needed to dynamically track the agent’s beliefs (true or false) about an experimental context that varied over time and use that information to infer the agent’s intentions from their actions. ASD participants were specifically impaired at using their estimates of agent belief to learn agent intentions, though their ability to track agent belief was intact and their reasoning about belief and intentions was rational.

So even if you add IQ, autistic people are still unable (or IMO naturally disinclined) to predict another person’s intentions based on what they know of that person’s experiences. This suggests to me that autistic people have an extremely binary concept of where intentions come from that’s more subtle and developed in neurotypicals. I.e. Contra the categorical approach to mens rea, a normal person can conceive of someone being “a little guilty”, although I suspect they often pretend not to understand in order to advocate self-serving narratives.

For example, I expect both Bruce Charlton and Vox Day understand that normies share some guilt for the state of things, but not as much as elites, but they’re both pretending not to understand this for self-serving narratives. Charlton is pretending normies are 100% guilty so he can feel good about masturbating out in the woods, and Vox is pretending normies are 100% innocent so he can jerk them off for a few more Q merch sales.

Actually, that’s a good example of autism because their motivations are a lot more mixed than I just said. There’s an extent to which they’re trying to do the right thing and just lack good information.

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4 Responses to The specific theory-of-mind deficit in HFA adults

  1. Obadiah says:

    I’ve noticed that for aspie the initial reaction to Trump tends to either be

    “WWG1WGA MAGA-GOD DEEP STATE DESTROYER SAINT SAVIOR OF AMERICA AND SECOND COMING OF JESUS”

    or

    “ANXIETY FREE PSYCHOPATH GRANDMA-KILLER WHO WILL BLOW UP JEW YORK CITY WHEN ROFFY GIVES HIM THE WORD”

    There’s no middle area

    • Obadiah says:

      Thal not optimized to deal with complex/nuanced social dynamics.

      I basically continue to support Trump despite knowing that he’s been up to his neck in kikes for most of his adult life because I believe he is, on a personal level, legitimately sympathetic to legacy america and simply a much better temporary option than whatever spirit cooker the dems will throw in there.

      • abprosper says:

        Huh. I more or less share your opinion of the man. Came into office to be Bubba Bill 2.0 and prop up the working and middle so his family enterprises could go on and because he genuinely like America . He than ended up a pariah over what is essentially trivial changes to system that no one would have figured was that unstable.

  2. Obadiah says:

    Compromise = way of the neurotypical untermensch

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