Affiliative drive: Could this be disturbed in childhood autism?

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (3):350-351 (2005)
Abstract
Affect mirroring allows infants to distinguish emotional and intentional states of significant others, which – in the pursuit of their own drive satisfaction, including satisfaction of the affiliative drive – become important contextual stimuli predictive of reward. Learning to perceive and manipulate others' attitudes toward oneself in pursuit of affiliative reward may be an important step in social development that is impaired in autism.
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