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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Autistic People as Screeners

Many posts have discussed autism and employment. Mark Roth continues his series at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
A study published this year by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Minnesota found that high-functioning autistic men were just as accurate and almost as fast as non-autistic people in finding weapons in X-ray images of baggage.
More important, their performance improved as time went on, particularly in correctly identifying bags that had no weapons.
Senior author Marlene Behrmann, a psychology professor at Carnegie Mellon, said "we were able to demonstrate statistically that the individuals with autism stayed more true to the task compared with people who became distracted more easily."
The study is part of a growing push to find jobs that autistic people may actually perform better than so-called neurotypical individuals.