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3. Can Autism Be Cured?
About this Lecture
In this lecture, we consider the question whether autism can be cured, focusing in particular on: (i) the claim that autism is a behavioural maladaptation which can be resolved through behaviour modification therapy; (ii) the fact that this claim has been shown to be incorrect and that autism should instead be viewed as a permanent condition which can be mediated through different adaptation strategies; (iii) the two such strategies that have been developed to help individuals with autism being facial expression recognition training and interventions using virtual reality environments.
In this course, Professor Peter Mitchell (University of Nottingham) explores the condition of autism. In the first lecture, we think about what autism is. In the second lecture, we examine the causes of autism. In the third lecture, we look at the question ‘Can autism be cured?’. Next, we consider whether autism is an affective or a cognitive condition. In the fifth lecture, we think about different cognitive theories of autism. In the sixth and final lecture, we take a closer look at a specific cognitive theory of autism, known as the theory of ‘weak central coherence’.
Peter Mitchell is Professor and Director of Studies in Psychology at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Previously, he was head of the School of Psychology on the University of Nottingham’s UK campus. He has published six books and is editor of the British Journal of Psychology. Professor Mitchell has served as Chair of the Developmental Section of the British Psychological Society and as Chief Examiner for the Economic and Social Research Council UK PhD studentship competition. Some of Professor Mitchell’s recent publications include ‘Autism and the double empathy problem: Implications for development and mental health’ (2020) and ‘Do neurotypical people like or dislike autistic people?’ (2021).
Cite this Lecture
Mitchell, P. (2020, February 20). Cognition and Development – Autism - Can Autism Be Cured? [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/autism/can-autism-be-cured
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