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The Autobiography and Science of Neurodiversity

Age suitable for: 14+

Date and Time (UK time):
18/03/2022 15:30-17:15



Increased awareness of the first-person experience of neurodiversity, through autobiographies like Temple Grandin's *Thinking in Pictures* and popular works like Judy Singer's *NeuroDiversity: The Birth of An Idea*, has transformed the public understanding of neurodevelopmental differences like autism. But while the neurodiversity paradigm has captured the popular imagination, its implications for the scientific study of the mind remain underexplored. Even in cases where the neurodiversity paradigm has been especially successful, theories that conflict with neurodivergent individuals' self-understanding continue to dominate; hence, for example, theories of autism that understand it as fundamentally a kind of deficit continue to influence research and practice.

Join Dr Kurt Sylvan, Philosophy at the University of Southampton, for this online event that explores the philosophy of neurodiversity, and the ideas surrounding it.

In this session, we will explore the possibility of a science of neurodiversity and consider how first-person evidence should inform the way that cognitive science, psychiatry, and clinical practice theorise different forms of neurodivergence.

We will consider whether the positive theoretical progress that has been stimulated by autistic self-understanding (e.g., the monotropism framework) holds general lessons for the scientific understanding of other conditions, what a science of neurodiversity might look like, and what obstacles there might be to grounding the theoretical understanding of other psychiatric conditions in first-person experience.

This event will take place online, in Blackboard Collaborate. You will receive joining instructions in the event reminders, starting with the 48-hour reminder.