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Do neurotypical people like or dislike autistic people?

Alkhaldi, Rabi Samil; Sheppard, Elizabeth; Burdett, Emily; Mitchell, Peter


Rabi Samil Alkhaldi

Peter Mitchell


Background: This study investigated whether neurotypical individuals’ judgments that they dislike a person are more common when viewing autistic individuals than when viewing neurotypical individuals. Methods: Videos of autistic and neurotypical targets were presented to a group of perceivers (neurotypical adults) who were asked whether or not they liked each target and why. Results: It was more common for perceivers to ‘like’ neurotypical than autistic targets. The number of ‘likes’ each target received correlated highly with perceiver ratings of target social favorability. Perceivers cited perceived awkwardness and lack of empathy as being reasons for deciding they disliked targets. Conclusions: The findings shed light on how neurotypical people (mis)perceive autistic people. Such perceptions may act as a barrier to social integration for autistic people.


Alkhaldi, R. S., Sheppard, E., Burdett, E., & Mitchell, P. (in press). Do neurotypical people like or dislike autistic people?. Autism in Adulthood,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 11, 2021
Deposit Date Jan 13, 2021
Journal Autism in Adulthood
Print ISSN 2573-9581
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords autism; social favorability; mind reading; social interaction; person perception
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