Parents more likely to have Autistic Children – Genetic Link with
Analytical Minds and Autism
January 31st 2006
In an article published in the Archives of Disease of Childhood,
Professor Baron-Cohen claims that children born to analytical couples,
such as scientists, may be more likely to have children with autism.
Cohen, a professor at the University of Cambridge, believes the same
gene that makes people analytical may also impair social and
A weakness in communications and social skills is a key characteristic
of autism, according to the paper. It is believed that one in 100
children has a form of autism, and most of these are boys. According to
the researchers, the number of diagnoses seems to be on the increase.
Some believe this may be because of greater awareness though.
Dr. Cohen labels people such as scientists, mathematicians and engineers
as “systemizers”. They are skilled in analyzing systems, like vehicles,
math equations, etc. to figure out how they work.
These same people tend to be less social, and an exhibit behavior such
as an obsession with detail, according to the researchers. These are
classic traits of autism. These types of people are usually attracted
to each other. They are much more likely to pass the autism genes on to
Their research included a survey of 1,000 members of the National
Autistic Society. Here he found fathers and grandfathers of children
with autistic “conditions” were twice as likely to work in a
According to the BBC, other research has found both mothers and fathers
of children with autism score highly on a questionnaire measuring
autistic traits. “Brain scan studies have also shown that mothers of
autistic children often show patterns of brain activity more associated
with me,” according to the BBC.
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