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Study: Autism, creativity and divergent thinking may go hand in hand
Washington Post

The researchers call it the “paradox of creativity” in autism.

For many years, scientists believed that individuals with the disorder may be at a disadvantage due to the rigidity with which many see the world. But a surprising new study published this month found the opposite — that people with autistic traits excel in coming up with unusually creative ideas.

The British study, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, involved the analysis of data from 312 people who took part in a series of tests on creativity.  It turned out that those who had autistic traits offered fewer responses to problems presented, but their solutions were more original and creative than those who did not have autistic traits.