Self in Autism: A Predictive Perspective
thesisposted on 2021-07-02, 04:30 authored by KELSEY SAVITA PERRYKKAD
In this thesis, I investigated the self in autism using tools from philosophy and experimental cognitive science. Our self-representation shapes how we act in the world, and the feedback we receive in turn shapes how we represent ourselves. In the predictive processing framework I use, autism is characterised by differences in modelling or predicting the world under uncertainty which impacts both perception and action. Findings from the thesis show that individuals with more autistic traits are more prone to act early in the face of rising uncertainty. The thesis also raises questions about the appropriate core features of autism.