Testing how accurate the predictions of the Empathizing Systemizing Theory are in relation to adults with Autism

Research Study

My name is Danielle Palmer, and I am seventeen years old currently enrolled in the AP Research class at Baldwin Senior High School. My question of interest is, “To what extent are the predictions made by the Empathizing-Systemizing Theory accurate when applied to adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder?” My work draws heavily on the Empathizing Systemizing (E-S) Theory, written by Simon Baron-Cohen. Cohen’s theory furthers studies of autism by touching on areas of strength within autism; these areas of strengths are known as systemizing, which entails “identifying the rules that govern a system, in order to predict how that system will behave.” The E-S theory predicts that one should expect those with autism to show a preference for predictable over unpredictable motion and a preference for patterned over unpatterned information. The goal of my research is to examine the extent to which the predictions made by the theory are accurate in adults with Autism. I will be using surveys to test my question. The survey consists of questions that will help me determine if there is a strong correlation between the preference for systemizing in adults with Autism. The survey would take roughly four to seven minutes. All responses will be completely anonymous and will be used solely for the purpose of my final research paper and oral presentation. Giving this survey to adults is necessary because most studies of Autism focus on either children, or their guardians. Adults with Autism simply don’t have a voice in this field. The point of me distributing surveys to adults, is to give them a voice and input new research into the theory and the autism community.
Please text or email me if you are interested in taking my survey (or if the link does not work) at 516-320-9737 or lampson13d@aol.com My research does have a time limit so if you know anyone else with Autism asking them to also take the survey would be of great help. Thank you in advance for your time!


published on: 2020/03/05 at 11:09 am