Simon Baron-Cohen on Pattern Seekers

Noncompliant | 10 December 2020 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Simon Baron-Cohen about his book The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention. Describes the evidence that the genes that cause autism are critical to human inventiveness; a benefit that sometimes comes at the cost of cognitive empathy, but not affective empathy. Stresses the importance of recognizing and valuing neurodiversity.

Elizabeth Laugeson – From Socially Awkward to Socially Outward

Full PreFrontal | 29 October 2020 | 0h 51m | Listen Later
Interview with Elizabeth Laugeson about ideas from her book The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults. Discusses the evidence-based methods she has developed in her UCLA PEERS clinic to help people to learn social skills who have autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, bipolar, or other conditions. Via Alexey Guzey.

Steve Silberman on Evolving Attitudes About Autism

Point of Inquiry | 17 November 2015 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steve Silberman about his book Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. Uncovers the lost history of autism and shows how we arrived at the concept of the autism spectrum. Argues that many of us have autistic traits, some of which, such as social awkwardness and highly focused passions, have helped shape our world, especially the digital realm.