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The Misbehaviour of Behaviourists - Michelle Dawson

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Michelle Dawson
02:49 PM ET (US)
Autistica asked me to write something for their blog series on what history can tell us about the future of autism research.

Here's the post and here's how it ends:

"It is remarkable that while alarming claims about “costs of autism” are everywhere, there has been no concern whatsoever about the high costs, at every level, of autism-specific low standards. What is the way forward? We should listen to what history tells us. We should stop segregating autistics from the basic rights and standards everyone else can take for granted. Then we can see what else is needed."
Michelle Dawson
02:26 AM ET (US)
Also just noticed, future IMFARs, now all the way to 2020!

In 2019 it is in Montreal--again. IMFAR was here in 2006.

And in 2020 it's Seattle--again. IMFAR was in Seattle in 2007.

The other city which has had 2 IMFARs is San Diego, which held the first ever IMFAR in 2001 (back when I was delivering mail), then the 10th anniversary IMFAR in 2011 which I attended
Edited 09-22-2015 02:36 AM
02:20 AM ET (US)
Great re Autistica signing up to AllTrials. I have just been reminded by David Mery to press the NAP board here to sign up, which I did just yesterday - I imagine any hesitation they might have felt will disappear given Autistica's lead. Hooray for your persistence on this theme.
Michelle Dawson
06:48 AM ET (US)
Slow on the uptake here, but Autistica has signed AllTrials

If Autistica lives up to it, that's a big deal (can I retire now?)--setting aside how long they took to sign it.

And in case you missed the possibly related news, as of September, James Cusack is Autistica's new research director

For some background, my tweets about AllTrials, autism, and ABA going back to February 2013
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Michelle Dawson
10:48 PM ET (US)
Tyler Cowen reviews NeuroTribes

"It’s an interesting read, but I don’t think you can trust what’s in there."
Michelle Dawson
02:32 AM ET (US)
Can't resist: Giant Minion causes chaos on Irish road "The Minion was eventually deflated and carted away in a wheelbarrow."

If the autism-relevance isn't immediately obvious, see upthread...

And while I'm here, spectacular Ontario thunderstorm, excellent photos and videos sadly this one did not at all hit Montreal, I feel cheated.

And everyone should feel cheated by ASAN's latest promotion of far lower standards (of science, ethics, evidence, medicine, etc) for autistics than would be acceptable for anyone else Note that many of the interventions ASAN claims "do not include or rely on ABA" are ABA-based, and have they really read the aversive-heavy FCT literature? Note also that ASAN's recommendations are brought to you by ICDL, which markets DIR/Floortime.

Using research resources to devise and apply segregated low standards for autistics, something ASAN demonstrates and promotes, is a human rights issue--in my view. I mentioned that not long ago upthread ( /m13648 ). But then ASAN claims I'm reprehensible, pathological, criminal, etc.

For something completely different with respect to standards, the worm wars Sorry I only have one link left, ergo chose one which links directly or eventually to many others, including a long piece by Ben Goldacre (him again!).
Edited 08-04-2015 02:36 AM
02:14 PM ET (US)
Michelle, re getting behind; try starting a business:)

100 hours per week of work and the rest will take a back seat for the next life.

Michelle Dawson
03:53 AM ET (US)
I seem to be setting a "personal worst" in getting behind in everything...

Here's Stephen Wiltshire's recent drawing of Montreal Mostly what you see in the foreground is McGill. The big round building is the Health Sciences Center--or that's how I think of it. It used to house one of the four McGill libraries I haunted back when, when there was no other way for me to read papers. Now of the four, I believe only one still exists--the Humanities Library.

Also if you go to Laurent's lab website and click on the last (5th) featured image, you'll find a great photo of two colleagues unfurling one of our IMFAR 2015 posters in the great outdoors (...probably the hospital parking lot)

And this is a really cool finding using a very interesting task that's a free paper. So glad to see this study published--can retire now for sure (or, maybe not). Full disclosure: I'm in the acknowledgments.

Finally, long interview with Ben Goldacre (him again!) I did comment, on twitter, re his views on person-first language, but have run right out of links.
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Roy Grinker
08:56 AM ET (US)
Thought you would find this of interest. RG
Michelle Dawson
08:14 PM ET (US)
"It is accomplished"

That's Andrew Sullivan, unretired for at least one more blog post. Autism-relevant!
Michelle Dawson
11:33 PM ET (US)
In the neglected "scientists are so funny" dept, a peer-reviewed marriage proposal some of the comments are scientist-funny too

And this year's Dance Your PhD contest info, for those interested

Also, ASAN's latest official foray into Canada (that's what, the 4th?), this time Vancouver-based, has been "not found" for a few weeks now
Michelle Dawson
05:14 AM ET (US)
David Sackett died recently and Ben Goldacre (him again!) tweeted a reminder about Sackett's published personal views on expertise and retirement

And here's the link again of course autism-relevant
Michelle Dawson
04:52 AM ET (US)
Still in post-IMFAR fog, but here are links to the abstracts for the posters I was involved in: "Assessment of Intelligence in Young Autistic Children: A Comparison of Tests Available Under and over Age 3"

And "Young Autistic Children in a Stimulating Play Situation: Nature and Frequency of Emotions"

Salt Lake City has a spectacularly distinctive setting, which helped make up for awful problems in traveling--we nearly didn't get to IMFAR this year.

Also, the Cabot Trail Relay Race report and photos, great result for Alex and his team
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