Autism Journal Club – Gemma Williams and Sarah Garfinkel, 9th November 2021

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Loneliness, ethical loneliness, and loneliness distress in autistic adults

Dr Gemma Williams is an autistic ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Brighton. Her PhD research investigated communication between autistic and non-autistic speakers, looking at what has been described as the ‘double empathy problem’ (a way of framing communication problems between autistic and non-autistic people as a two-way problem, rather than as an autistic impairment) from the perspective of cognitive linguistics. 

Gemma is joined by Prof Sarah Garfinkel, a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Group Leader at University College London. Sarah’s research interests are in emotion processing and interoception, particularly among atypical populations.

Article for discussion: “I’m trying to reach out, I’m trying to find my people”: Loneliness and loneliness distress in autistic adults. (Quadt, L., Williams, G., Mulcahy, J.S., Silva, M., Larsson, D., Arnold, A., Critchley, H., Garfinkel, S., 2021- PREPRINT )
LINK: https://psyarxiv.com/7ckeq/
 
Suggested discussion Qs:
·        How do you make sense of the apparent relationship between sensory sensitivity and loneliness?
·        Is the tension between desiring and sometimes needing solitude and also feeling distressed by feelings of loneliness resonate with you? What can we do to support autistic individuals to achieve this balance in the different contexts of daily life?
·        ‘Ethical loneliness’ refers to the experiences of feeling abandoned by humanity – an acute form of minority stress. Is it feasible to address individual experiences of loneliness while a larger marginalisation of autistic people in society still occurs?

To register please follow this link: https://teams.microsoft.com/registration/VvqpUTI_mkSnIT4_Sapemg,78UkvmcrI02FKxbxy5l-rQ,sstEMlKfc0KRE4zCzs9JeQ,ZYrPhhzyV0KWNm5knRq41A,LEqKIfaHE0-UBBHOMQj0-g,1rrE8qJcr06iB2-nlqTNvQ?mode=read&tenantId=51a9fa56-3f32-449a-a721-3e3f49aa5e9a

4 thoughts on “Autism Journal Club – Gemma Williams and Sarah Garfinkel, 9th November 2021

  1. Dear PARC team, This event looks very interesting. I won’t be able to attend on the day itself, but should I register in order to access the recording, or is that unnecessary? Thanks, Angela

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  2. Hi,

    I wanted to attend this on fri but i was poorly last week so need to catch up with myself a bit.

    And its currently hitting too close to home, so i was wondering if it was being recorded at all

    Many thanks

    Beth

    On Mon, 1 Nov 2021, 13:47 The Participatory Autism Research Collective, wrote:

    > participatoryautismresearch posted: ” Events Loneliness, ethical > loneliness, and loneliness distress in autistic adultsDr Gemma Williams is > an autistic ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Brighton. Her PhD > research investigated communication between autistic and non-autistic spe” >

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