Asperger or “Geek” syndrome? The Social Consequencies of the Similarities and Differences Among These Two Syndromes (72270)

Session Information: Mind, Brain & Psychology
Session Chair: Joanna Kruk-Lasocka

Friday, 22 September 2023 16:50
Session: Session 4
Room: Eixample
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

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The purpose of the presentation is to try to answer the question: "What are the similarities and differences in the image of Asperger's syndrome according to the earlier terminology (now the mild extremity of ASD) and "geek syndrome" and what are the social consequences of the image currently created".
In the view of the literature, we will show how a serious neurodevelopmental dysfunction became the banner of the character of the New Media Era. On the other hand, we will present the path from the pejorative perception of the geek to the same banner under which people with Asperger syndrome have found themselves. Then we will discuss the preliminary results of a study conducted with 10 adults with Asperger syndrome and 10 people with "geek syndrome". The study includes the following dimensions: empathy, self-esteem, narcissism, understanding ambiguous messages, "reading" emotions. For the study we used standardized tools and interpretation based on statistical testing of small groups.
The results of the study will allow a preliminary rejection or confirmation of the thesis that Asperger syndrome is the equivalent of "geek syndrome". We will undertake a discussion of the social consequences of putting an equal sign between the two syndromes for people afflicted with one of the "labels".

Joanna Kruk-Lasocka, The Pomeranian Higher School in Starogard Gdanski, Poland
Tomasz Niemiec, DSW University of Lower Silesia, Poland

About the Presenter(s)
Joanna Kruk-Lasocka. Research interests: special education and inclusive pedagogy: a child with ASD, early intervention in children at risk of developmental disorders or difficulties, empowerment of people with intellectual disabilities.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00