Wednesday, March 05, 2014
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - MIC Conference Room
Want to start a new club? We're here to help you make it happen! Your first step is to attend a New Club Workshop where you will learn about the process, responsibilities, benefits and basic requirements needed to establish and maintain University Recognition at CSU, Northridge. To register for any of the New Club Workshops listed below, please visit the Matador Involvement Center (MIC) and sign up at the front desk.
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm - Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451
Please join the Psychology Department for the next talk in the Applied Behavior Analysis Speaker Series.
Lessons From Clever Hans For Claims of Communicative Abilities in Nonverbal Individuals with Autism
Dr. Hank Schlinger, California State University, Los Angeles
Ever since Facilitated Communication (FC) crashed on the shores of the U.S. in the early 1990s, remarkable claims of sophisticated communicative abilities in otherwise nonverbal people with autism have proliferated. FC itself has morphed into other forms, including the so-called Rapid Prompting method. However, regardless of the name, all of these techniques have one thing in common: They claim to show that previously nonverbal people with autism are in fact highly verbal and expressive so much so that the diagnosis of autism is sometimes questioned. This is not the first time in history in which remarkable claims of communication have been made about nonverbal individuals. Perhaps the most famous case was that of a horse in Germany around the turn of the 20th century, named Clever Hans. In this talk, I describe the story of Clever Hans, including the experiments carried out by the German psychologist, Oskar Pfungst, which revealed the nature of Hans' cleverness, and its lessons for recent claims of remarkable communicativeness in people with autism. I urge the same level of scientific scrutiny regarding these claims as with Clever Hans, and suggest that all stakeholders in autism should approach remarkable claims skeptically and scientifically.