Is early television, video, or computer use an environmental trigger for autism?


I have argued that an archetype is an organizing principle. This led to two hypotheses: (a) that a very-early organizing experience is a baby’s eye-contact with its mother; (b) that failure to achieve early eye-contact with the mother would lead to autism. A testable prediction followed, that autism would be statistically linked to early non-maternal childcare. This prediction was then confirmed when a strong statistical correlation was discovered between autism and early television watching. Later research consistent with the two hypotheses is also detailed.













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