Autism Journal Club

The Utilisation of the Frith-Happé Animations to investigate the Double-Empathy Problem

Demi Young will be presenting the findings of her Master's thesis. Abstract: It is widely recognised that autism is associated with differences in theory-of-mind abilities. The double-empathy problem (Milton, 2012) re-examines this phenomenon suggesting that non-autistic people experience difficulties interpreting autistic people’s expressed emotions. The current study investigates this further utilising the Frith-Happé animations (White et al, 2011). A total of 60 participants took part in the study. Half of the participant sample (n=30) were told that one of the triangles in the animations was autistic and the other half (n=30) were given the standard task. Answers on the animation multiple-choice questionnaire were compared to investigate if this information evoked a different response from participants. Qualitative analysis revealed reference to the double empathy problem and stigma endorsement in the autistic triangle group.