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Geeks, Genes, and the Evolution of Asperger Syndrome

Speaker(s): Dr. Dean Falk

Houston, TX

November 9 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Many characteristics associated with Asperger syndrome are by-products of the evolution of advanced mental processing. This is a theory derived by Dr. Dean Falk after studying the latest findings regarding brain evolution and the neurological, genetic and cognitive underpinnings of autistic individuals at the high end of the spectrum. Falk’s goal as an evolutionary anthropologist is to examine the emergence and spread of Asperger syndrome and other forms of high-functioning autism.

In this talk, Falk will explore the origins of autism, whether it is currently evolving, how it differs in males and females, and whether it is a global phenomenon. Following the talk, she will be signing a copy of her new book, co-written with her “Aspie” granddaughter Eve Schofield, who has Asperger syndrome. The two paired up to reach those with autism and Asperger syndrome as well as parents, teachers, clinicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, other health-care providers, autism researchers, evolutionary biologists, geneticists, paleoanthropologists, and people who simply enjoy reading about science.

Co-Sponsored by The Houston Museum of Natural Science. Generous support provided by Ann and Gordon Getty, Camilla and George Smith, and the Brown Foundation, Inc.


November 9
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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The Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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(713) 639-4629
Dr. Dean Falk

Dr. Dean Falk is the Hale G. Smith Professor of Anthropology and a Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University. Falk is a paleoanthropologist whose interests include brain evolution and the emergence of language, music, analytical thinking, and warfare in humans. She is a Leakey Foundation grantee whose most recent book is "Geeks, Genes, and the Evolution of Asperger Syndrome."

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