In explaining the theory, Marcel Just, one of the study’s lead authors and director of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging, compared the brain of a normal person to a sports team in which the members cooperate and coordinate their efforts. In an autistic person, though some “players” may be highly skilled, they do not work effectively as a team, thus impairing an autistic’s ability to complete broad intellectual tasks. Because this type of coordination is critical to complex thinking and social interaction, a wide range of behaviors are affected in autism.
The full text of the article is only available to subscribers, but the next entry in the same blog gives further information.
I don’t know if that happens to be a publication that I can access through my school’s library, but I’ll give it a try.