This reality, if they were right or wrong was

This
article is about the differences in the activity inside the brains of kids with
ASD (autism spectrum disorder) versus TD (typical development). There were two
theories looked at in this article. The first being that kids with autism don’t
interact with others because of lack of a neurological “reward”, this is called
the social motivation hypothesis. When looking at humans and kids with TD,
socializing is something we do regularly because it makes us happy, satisfied
and we feel good about social interactions with others. This hypothesis states
that kids with autism don’t engage in interaction with others purposefully because
then don’t get that same reward as others do, it doesn’t satisfy them. A second
theory was that children with autism often overanalyze and try to interpret
social cues of others which makes them shy away from any interactions that may
seem overwhelming to them. This theory is also known as the overly intense
world hypothesis.

            They
tested this by setting children in front of a screen and tested what they anticipated
as a reward and the reward process.  There
were two screens and the kids had to pick which screen they thought had the
question mark under in. In reality, if they were right or wrong was completely
randomized. The kids played this game two different ways. During the first,
when the right/wrong box was chosen they saw a happy/sad face. In the nonsocial
block there were arrows to indicate if the child was right or wrong. The
results supported both of the hypothesis that were looked at.

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There aren’t
many direct connections between this article and discussions we have had in
class. It is a little far fetched but in class we started looking at a case
study of a mom who is battling weather or not to give her child a shot that has
been linked to cause autism. They only way these two really relate it that they
have to do with autism. This article interested me because I have a passion for
kids with disabilities and hope to go into the teaching field in some way.  One question I have is if there is a way to
change how different kids brains react and how realistic is it to be able to implement
that so kids with autism don’t have a problem with social interactions. 

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