IRCS Technical Reports Series

Document Type

Technical Report

Date of this Version

February 2007


University of Pennsylvania Institute for Research in Cognitive Science Technical Report No. IRCS-07-01.


The incidence of autism spectrum disorders may have increased in the past few decades. If so, it is important to identify possible causes. Here we consider whether exposure to artificial displays such as television in the first year or two of life is a contributing factor for infants already at risk of autism. Correlational studies and anecdotal evidence from clinical practice are consistent with this hypothesis. Are there also theoretical reasons for concern?


autism, perceptual learning, television



Date Posted: 07 May 2007