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Autistic people want to socialize — they just show it differently

A new research paper is pushing back hard on the notion that people with autism are not interested in socializing. The paper, titled “Being vs. appearing socially uninterested: Challenging assumptions about social motivation in autism,” questions the widespread assumption that the primary reason for autistic people's unusual behaviors is that they are not socially motivated. Rather, the authors suggest, their social signals are misunderstood — an insight the authors believe could open the door to more effective…