Autistic people may be less empathetic: study

Cognitive empathy, or the ability to recognise or infer someone else’s state of mind, appears to be lower in people suffering from Autism, a new Cambridge study suggests.

Autistic men and women score low in empathy tests and do not show the predicted gender differences that are seen in typical men and women, researchers said.

Scientists have published results from the largest ever study of people with Autism taking the ‘Reading the Mind in the Eyes’ test, known as an advanced ‘theory of mind’ or empathy test, designed to show subtle individual differences in social sensitivity.