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5 March 2021 - 5 March 2021

1:00PM - 2:00PM


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This talk is part of the Department of Psychology (Durham University) seminar series, hosted by the Centre for Developmental Disorders.

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"Autistic adults without intellectual disability often have poor social and functional outcomes. Traditional deficit-models of autism have largely focused on describing and treating the neurological, cognitive, or behavioral differences that characterize autism, but social interaction by its very nature is relational, and new research in our lab is examining how social interaction difficulties in autism might be better understood as emerging interpersonally rather than individually. This talk will detail a series of studies from my group demonstrating the benefit of implementing more ecological assessments of autistic social abilities and describe how differences in the social preferences, expectations, communications styles between autistic and non-autistic people may contribute to social disability in autism."


Dr Sasson is an Associate Professor in the School of Behaviour and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas and is Director of the Social Cognition and Interaction in Autism Lab. Dr Sasson has published a significant volume of research papers on autism, especially on intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms of social disability in autism. Historically, his work focused on one intrinsic mechanism in particular, social cognition, which refers to the perception, processing, and interpretation of social information. More recently, his work is highlighting extrinsic mechanisms of social disability in autism, including the perceptions, biases, and behavior of non-autistic people that contribute to poor social and functional outcomes for autistic adults.