Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, Tohoku University


Seminars and Symposia

IDAC Seminar, 2 August 2016

Secretariat, Alumni Association, IDAC
Date Tuesday,2 August 2016, 17:00~
Room IDAC Center for Clinical Aging Research 1F
Medium-size Conference Room
Title Taking autistic perspective: Empathy and moral judgments in autism spectrum disorders
Speaker Hidetsugu Komeda
Affiliation The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University
Person-in-charge Yasuyuki Taki (Department of Nuclear Medicine and Radiology)
Contact : Mitsunari Abe (Department of Nuclear Medicine and Radiology ・ext8559)
Abstract Autism spectrum disorders are neurodevelopmental disorders, diagnosed as social communication difficulties and stereotypical behaviors or insistence on sameness (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). “Autism” is, originally, from the Greek word “autós” (“self” in English), and individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are thought to represent atypical self-awareness and to experience difficulties understanding other minds based on altered self-awareness.
In this talk, first, I will describe our neuroimaging study on perspective taking, which is an ability to take other person’s perspective. Second, I will introduce our neuroimaging study on empathic responses by individuals with ASD. Finally, I will talk about our recent behavioral studies on moral judgments in early adolescence with ASD. Based on those findings, I would like to discuss about the importance to take “autistic” perspective.