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XXVI.2 March - April 2019
Page: 55
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Asperger’s syndrome, autism, and camouflaging: Reduced empathy revisited


Authors:
William Hudson

It's been nearly 10 years since I presented my short paper "Reduced Empathizing Skills Increase Challenges for User-Centered Design" at the CHI and British HCI conferences in 2009 [1]. The paper focused on the tendency of male IT workers who report their role as predominantly technical to have a reduced Empathy Quotient. This was measured using standardized questionnaires in the field of autism research. This result was less pronounced in female IT workers. Insights My original motivation for running the study was my longstanding observation that some technologists whom I had taught or worked with did not appreciate…




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