The Illinois State University Department of Psychology and the Cognitive Behavioral Sciences (CBS) Colloquium Series will present a talk titled “Are People With Autism Spectrum Conditions More Resistant to Context Effects in Preference?” with Jonathan Pettibone, Ph.D., Friday, September 21, at 2 p.m. in 48 DeGarmo Hall. Pettibone is professor and undergraduate program director in the Department of Psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.


Research has suggested that people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) are often less influenced by context and distractors in perceptual and cognitive tasks (Behrmann, Thomas, & Humphreys, 2006; Happe & Frith, 2006). Does this reduced sensitivity to context extend into decision making as well, and what can differences in preference between ASC and non-ASC individuals tell us about the underlying cognitive processes? In this talk, I will discuss recent studies on the attraction and compromise effects with an ASC sample and their implications for existing models of the construction of preference.

CBS Colloquium Series

The CBS Colloquium Series brings high caliber researchers to the Illinois State University campus to share their work with the local academic community. Individual faculty members invite speakers to campus based on their interests. The Department of Psychology also invites alumni to speak in the series in an effort to maintain strong connections with former students and provide them with a chance to pass on their knowledge to current students. The series provides both faculty and students with a variety of professional development opportunities and allows students to network with professionals in their field of study.

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