Browsing through the first set of articles on the new Frontiers in Neuroscience journal, I came across this paper:
"The Intense World Syndrome – an alternative hypothesis for autism" by Markram et al.
The basic idea is that autism spectrum disorders result from hyper-reactive and hyper-plastic neural circuits. This is in contrast to typical accounts that emphasize hypo-functionality. This seems like a much more interesting and potentially plausible account than the mirror neuron view. The paper describes evidence for their claims, derived from a rat model of autism.
Even if the hypothesis turns out to be incorrect, the authors at least deserve credit for coming up with an attention-grabbing name. It makes me think we should rename our Dual Stream Model to something bit more flashy. How about, The Galactic Double Parallel Pathway Model?