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Psychology Seminar Series

You are invited to join us on Friday 8th February 2019 at 12pm in Lecture Theatre 1.46, 1st Floor, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre, Newcastle University for the following seminar:-

Dr Sebastian Gaigg, Deputy Head of Department, Autism Research Group, Department of Psychology, City, University of London

Anxiety in Autism: Current Evidence and Open Challenges

“It is now well established that autistic children, adolescents and adults are around 5 times more likely to experience clinically significant levels of anxiety than their typically developing peers. The first part of my talk will provide an overview of the likely causes for these high levels of anxiety and show that evidence consistently points to the concept of 'Intolerance of Uncertainty' as one of the key mechanisms involved. I will suggest that autistic individuals find uncertainties more difficult to tolerate because basic sensory processing differences render both their external and internal sensory environment more unpredictable. In the second part of my talk, I will then consider the implications of current evidence for how we might effectively support the mental health of autistic individuals, and what challenges remain in this context.”

Please forward any enquiries to Nicki Turner

published on: 9 January 2019