Human action and Autism up for discussion at Cafe MED

Human action and Autism up for discussion at Cafe MED

Does the failure to recognise, interpret and copy the actions of others give us a clue as to why those with autism have social difficulties?

University of Aberdeen psychiatry researchers Dr Justin H G Williams and Dr James Cusack will discuss the latest thoughts on this topic as part of the University of Aberdeen’s informal and popular Cafe MED series on the 15th of April.

From birth we observe and copy the actions of others, and this unspoken understanding between people is extremely important for social development.

Autism is described by the National Autistic Society as a developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people and affects how they make sense of the world around them.

Drs Williams and Cusack commented, ‘”Over 1 in 100 people are affected by autism.  It is a disorder which presents significant hurdles for the individual and the family.  We hope that our research can help explain the challenges that people with autism face.”

As well as explaining the latest thoughts on how the interpretation of human action impacts on social development they will also explain how this understanding can help people with autism.

All Cafe MED events are free to attend and consist of an open and relaxed discussion in the Cafe at the Suttie Centre, Foresterhill. This talk takes place on the 15th of April at 6pm. No booking is required and the public are urged to arrive early to secure a good seat! Cafe MED brings together leading figures in medicine and biosciences and the public and is unique opportunity to hear the latest thoughts, findings and ask questions about their work.

The University's café discussion series are supported by a science engagement grant from the Scottish Government. Full details of all current programmes can be found at

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