Why do some children fail to communicate?
Professor Dame Uta Frith, Cognitive Neuroscientist
Watch Professor Dame Frith tell the story of how she used experimental psychology to help her understand autistic children and develop the mind blindness theory.
Her experience as a German in post-WWII London (1:00)
What is autism? (3:18)
Meeting her first autistic child, David (4:25)
A theory for the failure to interact or communicate (6:26)
Mind Blindness (8:02)
The Sally-Anne Test (10:11)
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Uta Frith began her science career studying experimental psychology in Germany. She continued her training in clinical psychology and completed a Doctor of Philosophy on pattern detection in normal and autistic children. Dr Frith is known for her pioneering research on theory of mind deficit in autism and as one of the first to study Asperger's syndrome in the UK.
Science Communication Star!
Watch Brian Cox and Professor Frith discuss Alice Lee, whose work in craniology challenged the idea that women were intellectually inferior because they have smaller brain sizes.