Rebecca Saxe is a neuroscientist in the field of cognitive science and research. Saxe uses multi-voxel pattern analysis (MVPA) in her research to study spatial neural responses in the right temporo-parietal junction (RTPJ) of the human brain and studies neural differences in the brain that allow non-autism spectrum disorder (neurotypical) adults to ascribe intentionality behind the actions of other individuals. While taking in consideration many prior studies, the current results from her research advocates that ASD effects the organization and voxel pattern of information in the ToM brain areas. Thus, the result of Saxe's research suggests that individuals with ASD have consistent and reliable responses to in the RTPJ in reaction to all harmful acts, despite of whether the root of the action was accidental or intentional (3).
Cadwell, Olivia G.
"Rebecca Saxe: Investigating Theory of Mind using Multi-Voxel Pattern Analysis in Autistic Adults,"
Sound Neuroscience: An Undergraduate Neuroscience Journal:
1, Article 18.
Available at: http://soundideas.pugetsound.edu/soundneuroscience/vol2/iss1/18