Community//

Understanding Social Cognition in Autism

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are trying to shift the paradigm of autism: to see it as a "difference" rather than a disability.

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

“What is Autism?” How is it defined? Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are involved in a unique multi-year project aimed at trying to understand social cognition in autism. This story reveals a remarkable group of women who are all autistic. They discuss their very personal struggles and journeys in a world that sometimes see them as “others.”  


The project — which is very narrow in focus with a particular group of research participants —  hopes to help refine what autism may mean and its implications for some of those who struggle with it. The project presents a “re-conceptualization of intelligence within a framework of neurodiversity,” say its researchers, “challenging the notion there is only one legitimate form of human intelligence.” The project hopes to shift the paradigm of autism: to see it as a “difference” rather than a disability.

By Richard Sergay

    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...

    Community//

    Social Cognition in Autism with Dr. Sue Fletcher-Watson and Dr. Catherine Crompton

    by Richard Sergay, Tavia Gilbert
    Community//

    “We Need To Expand Teacher Training Programs That Teach About The Autism Spectrum” With Dr. Amy Davies Lackey

    by Yitzi Weiner
    Photo Credit: Caroline White
    Community//

    Elaine Hall is Leading a Movement in Hollywood for Neurodiverse Representation in Film and Television

    by Tabby Biddle

    Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

    Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Thrive Global
    People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

    - MARCUS AURELIUS

    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.