Autism, Visual Thinking, Animal Behavior, and Design
By Dr. Temple Grandin
McBean Theater, 7pm
At the Exploratorium
This is a special evening with world-renowned author and animal scientist, Dr. Temple Grandin, as she shares her insights on human and animal minds. Persons with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) see a whole register of the visual world that neurotypical people don’t. As such, they are often extremely sensitive to external stimuli. Dr. Grandin, who is herself autistic, believes this capacity to “see the actual things themselves” places autistic individuals in a unique position to understand the ways animals think. Lectures (and the exhibition) are included in the price of admission, although reservations are required. Please call (415) 674-2870.
Temple Grandin, Ph.D. is the author of several best-selling books, including The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries through the Unique Perspectives of Autism, Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior, and Thinking in Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism. She is Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. A pioneer in increasing the public's understanding of autism and animal behavior, she draws from her experiences with autism to design humane livestock facilities and to articulate the singular ways in which individuals with autism experience the world.
Official Website: http://www.exploratorium.edu/pr/documents/08-1Mind.html
Added by Raphael Rosen on December 26, 2007