Being vs. appearing socially uninterested: New BBS paper on autism by Vikram Jaswal

Vikram Jaswal, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Nameera Akhtar, Professor of Psychology at UC-Santa Cruz, published a paper in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, challenging social motivation explanations and interventions in autism. In making their argument, they rely extensively on the testimony of autistic people who describe themselves as very interested in other people and frustrated that their behavior is so often misinterpreted. The target article is available at https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X18001826, and several commentaries and a reply will be published later this year or next. A UVa Today story about the work is available at https://news.virginia.edu/content/autistic-people-do-want-socialize-they-may-just-show-it-differently.