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Inaugural lecture - Are friends electric? Autism in a digital world

In this lecture, Professor Mark Brosnan discussed the psychological impact of our increasingly digital world, with specific reference to autism.

  • 1 Nov 2017, 4.00pm to 1 Nov 2017, 5.00pm GMT
  • 10 West, 2.47, University of Bath
  • This event is free
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What effect is social media having on those who have difficulties with social communication and interaction?

Digital technologies are permeating our educational, employment and social worlds. This lecture highlights the psychological impact of this increasingly digital world upon us, with specific reference to autism.

Autism raises interesting questions, such as ‘what effect is social media having on those who have difficulties with social communication and interaction?’ Autistic people are often argued to have an affinity for digital technologies and this lecture discusses how ‘participatory design’ enables autistic people to actively participate in the design and development of digital technologies.

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Speaker profiles

Professor Brosnan's research focusses upon supporting reasoning and learning. A particular focus is developing digital technologies to support children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.

In addition, Professor Brosnan’s theoretical work focusses upon exploring application of the proposed dichotomy between rapid, automatic cognitive processing and slower, effortful cognitive processing to ASD and other disorders.

Professor Brosnan runs the annual Bath Autism Summer School (with Drs Ashwin and Russell), which provides a 3 day, residential taster session, for potential students with ASD who are contemplating going to university.


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10 West, 2.47 University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom


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