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Am I the only one who got angry? She starts with an either-or. We do this therefore can't do that. I haven't read the research on this but the assumption that it's either forest or trees really bugs me. I really don't think that's a good analogy. (My eyes weren't drawn to the tiles, because I don't like their colours. They were drawn to the shape of the room - its bones - and the layout of its contents - the chairs. For me the most important thing is not bumping into things.)

Same my eyes were drawn to the chairs too as I’m also really clumsy lol

They look really dangerous, don't they? Like they could jump out and hit you.

I wouldn’t put it past them lol I’ve been known to trip on thin air before

Fascinating!

Sidenote, anyone else find her voice really difficult to listen to?

Yes. She needs to visit some voiceover artist coaching channels to pick up a few techniques—breathing, pacing, how to talk into a microphone to minimize noise (e.g. plosives), etc... Presentation is a big part of science and this skill will get her further in her career.

I detected a slight impediment that she’s probably done some vocal training for, but it unfortunately sounds like the hyper feminized prescription of high notes and wispiness. Thanks for responding, though! At least I know it’s not just me.

I don’t know anything about the impediment, as I’m not qualified to recognize that. I only recognize that she has a way less severe version of my problem (minus my mild stutter). My parents were against therapists, so I never got any professional help. The free online articles about speech problem techniques were garbage (“practice speaking slower” is too generic and doesn’t address the issue!). But go figure! The voice over coach channels broke down parts of speaking in a way so that I could finally figure out what my problem was and why people had a hard time understanding me and they gave exercises to address the fundamentals (I modified them a bit to work on my weaknesses).

Firstly, I wasn’t speaking in tune with my breathing, so as a result, I would run out of air and try to squish words in (I hear her doing it too)—this might be the wispiness you mentioned. Secondly, I never learned to feel the rhythm in speaking, so I never got a sense of pacing to know when to slow down or speed up. I can hear these same issues in her speech. Notice how rushed she sounds?

It took me a year of doing the exercises to learn new speech habits. I don’t compare to professional voiceover artists (as that was never my goal), but at least people have stopped asking me to repeat myself so many times, and now I can actually feel my speaking rhythm to give presentations at a normal, measured pace. My mild stutter didn’t completely go away but it did much improve.

Yikes! As someone who has given plenty of technical talks in my career, I don't have the words to express how much anger I feel reading this comment. Perhaps we could judge a person on the content of their words? Her research is really cool and she should be spending her time focusing on that.

I am one of those someones who had to fix my speech. I got no speech therapists. I would have been happy to be pointed to free internet resources, a direction to look for help. I took the long way googling “how to talk,” “how to present” every few months to see if something new would pop up and that didn’t help the root of my problem.

Edit: and “content of words” sounds all beautiful until you’re put into the position where you’re in the real world and people ask you to repeat yourself. Then you’re up there making a presentation and you’re wondering which part came out that badly because nobody is going to stop you in the middle of your presentation to ask you to repeat something.

Why do you think that we’re judging her as a person?

There are other sounds that might not work for me too, like different kinds of music, but it’s not the same as putting them down. It’s about the listeners’ experience. Different listeners can have different experiences and talk about it, it’s OK. It’s not the same as hating on a fellow woman.

She's working with disabled people who often have difficulty deciphering what anyone says, never mind someone who talks as badly as we do. At least the captions weren't too bad.

I hope that when they perform these experiments, that they separate the results by sex. We KNOW autism presents itself differently in women.

They also need to separate by late-talking or not, because there are significant differences on other things, so they should really always check.

This was interesting. However, I feel like she explained the background and the methodology but glossed over the conclusion. Maybe she's not done with her research yet? I would have liked to see heat maps of an autistic person vs. a non-autistic person looking at the same scene.