This may explain why children with autism "withdraw into themselves"

Neuroscientists have discovered that the brains of children with autism generate 42% more information at rest than their non-autistic peers. 

This may explain why children with autism are less interested in social interaction (which may over-stimulate them).

The research seems to support the work of neuroscientists Henry and Kamila Markram of the Brain Mind Institute in Switzerland, who developed the "Intense World Theory." Under the theory autism is a result of hyper-functioning neural circuitry, which over stimulates the person. We've seen this with sounds, lights and even fabrics irritating the skin, so why not social overstimulation too?

Here's what I read:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140131130630.htm

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