Psychology

Journal Club

-Are you interested in learning more about current psychology research?
-Do you like to hang out with psychology majors?
-Do you want to get better at understanding psychology journal articles?

Then come join us at the Monthly-ish Psychology Club Journal Club!

Each month, we select a short (<10 page) journal article from a recently published psychology journal, we read it and discuss it at our next Journal Club meeting.

Fall Semester 2016

First Meeting: Monday, October 10th, 2016, 4:30-5:30pm, Centenary Square 210

article TBD

Second Meeting: Monday, November 7th, 2016, 4:30-5:30pm, Centenary Square 210

The effect of diagnostic labels on the affective responses of college students towards peers with ĎAspergerís Syndromeí and ĎAutism Spectrum Disorderí
Mark Brosnan and Elizabeth Mills

Given the removal of Aspergerís Syndrome label in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental DisordersĖFifth Edition, the impact of clinical labels upon the affective responses of college students was explored. A total of 120 college students read two vignettes depicting social interactions typical of a person with autism spectrum disorder. In one vignette, they were informed that the character was a typical college student and in the other, the character had a clinical disorder (either autism spectrum disorder, Aspergerís Syndrome or Schizophrenia). Participantsí affective responses were measured on the Positive and Negative Affect Scale. No significant differences in positive and negative affective responses were found between the clinical labels. However, affective responses were significantly more positive and less negative towards behaviours associated with clinical groups compared to the typical college student. The implications for students disclosing their diagnosis at university are discussed.

Spring Semester 2017

Third Meeting: week of February 20th, 2017, 4:30-5:30pm, Centenary Square 210

article TBD

Final Meeting of the year: week of March 20th, 2017, 4:30-5:30pm, Centenary Square 210

article TBD

If you have questions, please email email in the Psychology Department.

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