Enhanced rationality in autism spectrum disorder

Liron Rozenkrantz, Anila M. D'Mello, John D.E. Gabrieli

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Challenges in social cognition and communication are core characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but in some domains, individuals with ASD may display typical abilities and even outperform their neurotypical counterparts. These enhanced abilities are notable in the domains of reasoning, judgment and decision-making, in which individuals with ASD often show ‘enhanced rationality’ by exhibiting more rational and bias-free decision-making than do neurotypical individuals. We review evidence for enhanced rationality in ASD, how it relates to theoretical frameworks of information processing in ASD, its implications for basic research about human irrationality, and what it may mean for the ASD community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-696
Number of pages12
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • autism
  • decision-making
  • rationality
  • skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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