Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Autism, language, and the folk psychology of souls

Stephen Flusberg a1 and Helen Tager-Flusberg a2
a1 Department of Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305
a2 Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02118.

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Anecdotal evidence suggests that people with autism, with known impairments in mechanisms supporting a folk psychology of mind or souls, can hold a belief in an afterlife. We focus on the role language plays, not just in acquiring the specific content of beliefs, but more significantly, in the acquisition of the concept of life after death for all people.