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April 22, 2018

Hyper-systemizing

Last updated on May 3, 2021

Systemizing is a term that is part of the empathizing–systemizing theory by Simon Baron-Cohen.

An illustrated portrait of Simon Baron-Cohen.


Systemizing

Systemizing is the drive to analyze or construct systems.[1]The systemizing quotient: an investigation of adults with Asperger syndrome or high–functioning autism, and normal sex differences According to Baron-Cohen’s research, the systemizing mechanism is set too high in autistic people. As a result, they can only cope with highly lawful systems, and cannot cope with systems of high variance or change (which includes “the social world of other minds”), and they appear change-resistant.[2]The hyper-systemizing, assortative mating theory of autism This strong inclination towards systemization is what is called hyper-systemizing.


Hyper-systemizing

Hyper-systemizing does not only denote rigidity and inflexibility, however, as it also predisposes individuals to show particular talents, and is part of the cognitive style of autistic people.[3]Talent in autism: hyper-systemizing, hyper-attention to detail and sensory hypersensitivity

The hyper-systemizing theory argues that the excellent attention to detail is directed towards detecting ‘if p, then q’ rules (or [input–operation–output] reasoning). Such law-based pattern recognition systems can produce talent in systemizable domains.

Embrace Autism | Hyper-systemizing | table hypersystemizing
Table source: Royal Society Publishing – Talent in autism: hyper-systemizing, hyper-attention to detail and sensory hypersensitivity

References

References
1The systemizing quotient: an investigation of adults with Asperger syndrome or high–functioning autism, and normal sex differences
2The hyper-systemizing, assortative mating theory of autism
3Talent in autism: hyper-systemizing, hyper-attention to detail and sensory hypersensitivity
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martin-silvertant
Co-founder of Embrace Autism, I’m living up to my surname as a silver award-winning graphic designer. Besides running Embrace Autism and researching autism, I love typography and practice type design. I also fight dodecahedragons during sleep onset.I discovered I’m autistic when I was 19, and was diagnosed at 25.

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