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Investigating timing processes in autism




This event will take place online, via Zoom.

Speaker: Dr Daniel Poole (University of Manchester)

The ‘temporal deficit’ hypothesis of autism (Allman, 2011) proposes that disruptions in basic timing processes are characteristic of autism and underly the sensory, motor and communication differences common in the condition. However, in a recent systematic review (Cassassus et al, 2019), we found that the evidence for differences in timing are mixed and dependent on the nature of the task.

In the Autism Timing Project we are attempting to improve the characterisation of timing in autism and the cognitive mechanisms underlying any differences. I will present findings from two studies from this project: Study 1 was a mixed-methods survey of parents of autistic and non-autistic (neurotypical) children’s timing behaviours in daily life. Study 2 involved a battery of visual and auditory temporal psychophysics tasks, retrospective estimates regarding the passage of time and questionnaires relating to timing in everyday life in 58 autistic and 91 neurotypical adults.

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When and where

1.00pm - 2.00pmWednesday 21st October 2020