On ABC’s Catalyst on 28th August 2008, the condition identified as Asperger’s Syndrome was described as an extreme expression of the male brain. According to a Cambridge researcher about 90% of those diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome are males.
The condition is a milder form of autism and many people live normal lives with Aspergers, some being diagnosed quite late in life. Characteristic symptoms are an inability to read facial and social cues, high intelligence which is better accessed through solitude rather than working with others, predominantly left-brain functioning such as sequential thinking, focus, rational approach and a reduced capacity to express emotions. Often someone who has lived with Asperger’s for a long time will describe how they learned to read emotional expression and social cues because sensing emotions did not come naturally.
All of these traits are unmistakable male characteristics and often includes a strongly competitive nature, which is enhanced by high intelligence, but on the other hand, reduced by a lack of ease in working with others. These people often master such subjects as mathematics, science and systems analysis because their particular intelligence is skewed towards number sequence and locating the pattern in situations and problems. They tend to become inflexible in personality because they need the familiar, preferring a repetitious diet, routine and stability in their everyday life.
The male brain is hard-wired to be predominantly left-brained, i.e., logical sequential, data-focused and rational. Asperger’s Syndrome seems to be the on the extreme end of the masculinity continuum
On the other hand the female brain is known to express more consistently right brain traits – ie intuition, creativity,