A new British study points out that autism sufferers tend to be more creative. The study was published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Autism is a psychiatric disorder affecting children primarily, characterized by abnormal self-absorption and a lack of ability to respond to people and actions. A person with autism displays limited abilities to communicate. Nira Mashal, from the brain and language laboratory at Bar-Ilan Univesity, Israel, said that the traits of autistic behavior could explain why autistic people tend to generate unconventional expressions, as they would focus in an intense way on their personal thoughts.
Moreover, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that approximately 1 percent of people might be diagnosed with autism. Even though some are truly creative, some of them face difficulties in ordinary, everyday life.
The CDC explained that a common illness affecting that 1 percent of the population was the autism spectrum disorder, which would increase communication and behavioral challenges in patients.
Dr. Catherine Best of the University of Stirling in the United Kingdom, lead author of the study, reported that, as a result of a thorough analysis, people with autism come up with fewer but better responses to divergent thinking tasks.
Furthermore, she explained that people with autistic behavior traits are inclined to put more effort into solving and responding to common word associations, for instance, and employ out-of-the-ordinary uses for similar items.
It seems that, as a result of monitoring 75 people who had been diagnosed with some aspects of the autism disorder, whereas 237 subjects who didn’t suffer from any forms of the condition whatsoever, Best and her team found out that autism was indeed in correlation with creativity.
The study analyzed approximately 312 people displaying autism or autistic behavior characteristics, and its aim was to discover how these people interpreted images that might be viewed in multiple ways. People with autistic tendencies visualized more than one image in figures open to multiple interpretations.
They also asked the study subjects to think of some ways common objects could be put to use (a paper clip or a brick, for example).
Temple Grandin, autism activist and researcher at Colorado State University also commented on the issue. He explained that mild autism might provide creativity in humanistic and scientific subjects, but severe autism was a handicap.
So, it could finally be revealed that these scientific studies uncovered the fact that people suffering from the autism disorder are inclined to be more original, more creative and to think outside the box.
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