Autism Research: Fact And Fiction

  • Date:
    01/12/2008
  • Location:
    Mariners Church, Irvine, CA 92603
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Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is Director of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) in Cambridge. He holds degrees in Human Sciences from New College, Oxford, a PhD in Psychology from UCL, and an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry. He held lectureships in both of these departments in London before moving to Cambridge in 1994. He is also Director of CLASS (Cambridge Lifespan Asperger Syndrome Service), a clinic for adults with suspected AS.

He is author of Mindblindness (MIT Press, 1995), The Essential Difference (Penguin UK/Basic Books, 2003), and Prenatal Testosterone in Mind (MIT Press, 2005). He has edited a number of scholarly anthologies, including Understanding Other Minds (OUP, 1993, 2001), The Maladapted Mind (Erlbaum, 1997) and Synaesthesia (Blackwells, 1997). He has also written books for parents and teachers such as Autism: The Facts (OUP, 1993), Tourette Syndrome: The Facts (OUP, 1998), and Teaching children with autism to mind read (Wiley, 1998). He is author of the DVD-ROM Mind Reading: an interactive guide to emotions (Jessica Kingsley Ltd, 2003) that was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Off-Line Learning, and The Transporters (www.transporters.tv), an animation for preschool children with autism to help them learn emotion recognition.

Dr. Baron-Cohen's autism research has received special recognition by the American Psychological Association, the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA), and the British Psychological Society (BPS). He is currently serving as the President of the Psychology Section of the BA, Vice President of the National Autistic Society and in 2006 he received the Presidents' Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge from the BPS.

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