New research shows why people with autism autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) are more logical in their decision-making compared to people who do not have the disorder. The study adds to evidence of atypical psychological processes in autism, but also highlights that the condition may carry benefits in situations where it may be useful to ‘follow your head and not your heart.’
People with Autism Make More Logical Decisions
Decisions are based on the way choices are framed. This is because people use emotion when making decisions, leading to some options feeling more desirable than others. The ‘Framing Effect’, described by the nobel-prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman in the 1980s, refers to the discovery that decisions are based on the way choices are framed.
Scientists at King’s College London have shown why people with autism are more logical in their decision-making and less susceptible to the so-called ‘Framing Effect’compared to people who do not have the disorder.
As ’emotional blindness‘ is more common in people with autism, this could mean autistic individuals are less susceptible to the emotionally driven Framing Effect. In a new study, published in the journal Molecular Autism, people with and without autism were given a computerized task to measure their susceptibility to the Framing Effect.
Among people who did not have autism, those most “in touch” with their internal sensations, and who also had good emotional awareness, were most susceptible to the Framing Effect. In contrast, susceptibility to the Framing Effect was less pronounced in people with autism because it was not driven by their perception of internal sensations or emotional awareness.
Although ’emotional blindness’ is related to the difficulties they experience in social situations, this different way of thinking may sometimes be advantageous in situations where it is it better to follow your head and not your heart.
Punit Shah from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, said: ‘Our study adds to evidence of atypical psychological processes in autism, but also highlights that the condition may carry benefits in situations where it may be useful to ‘follow your head and not your heart.’
What is Autism: ASD stands for Autism Spectrum Disorder and can sometimes be referred to as Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Symptoms of Autism: Difficulty relating to communicate with others, being unable to engage in imaginative play, unnecessary obsessions, fears of talking to others, inappropriate eye contact, hypersensitivity to sound, light, spinning objects and hand flapping.
When is World Autism Awareness Day: Autism Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness among the masses about Autism and to educate them about how to deal with Autistic fellows. The ninth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2017. Every year, Good Samaritans and the organizations that are working on autism around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising for research on autism and awareness-raising events.