Archive for August, 2009

Heterochrony and Autism

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

I post every week day at neoteny.org, about three months after the composition of a piece. Everything goes through an editor first, unlike what appears here.

I am excited. I typed words yesterday which felt significant…

If heterochrony is the study of the rates and timing of maturation with testosterone levels impacting rate and estrogen levels controlling timing, then those environmental or social structure adjustments that influence levels of testosterone and estrogen determine the speed, timing, features and direction of evolution.

This feels integral to understanding autism. It seems possible that by exploring both testosterone and estrogen levels, we may uncover the key to how autism emerges in many individuals.


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