Jaswal Lab

Stigmatization of Autistic College Students

This project began as my undergraduate honors thesis. It considers how non-autistic college students’ interest in interacting with peers is impacted by the peers’ social behavior and special interests. You can read the first paper from this study in my Publications section!

Understanding the experiences of autistic undergraduates at UVA

This project is funded through UVA's Directors of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion small grants program and focuses on understanding how UVA could be more supportive of and accessible to autistic students.

Autism Terminology Preferences

This project focuses on understanding (1) what labels people with a connection to autism prefer and (2) how particular labels may contribute to or reduce the stigmatization of people who have a diagnosis of autism.

Impact of Autism Label on Face Recognition

Background: Labeling an individual can influence the inferences others make about them. For example, using a face-inversion paradigm, Civile et al. (2018) found the difference between memory for upright vs. inverted faces was larger for faces labeled “regular people” than those labeled “diagnosed with autism.

With whom would you prefer to interact?: Investigating context dependent effects of social behavior and special interests

How do you talk about autism?: Label preferences within the North American autism community

The influence of autism label on face recognition by non-autistic adults

Brief Report: Social Behavior and Special Interests in the Stigmatization of Autistic College Students

Autistic people, by definition, differ in social behavior from non-autistic individuals. One characteristic common to many autistic people is a special interest in a particular topic—something spoken about with such frequency and intensity that it …

Special interests play differential roles in stigmatization of autistic compared to non-autistic college students