Warwick Female Sarcasm Research

18-26 Year Old Females With a Formal Diagnosis of High-Functioning Autism Needed to Assist With University Research Project.

Katie Boswell, a final year linguistics student at The University of Warwick is investigating how autistic people learn and use language compared to non-autistic people.

Her dissertation project is entitled: “Identifying issues with sarcasm in female young adults diagnosed with high functioning autism”

She is focusing on sarcasm as:

  • while most people (in general) tend to use sarcasm frequently in routine social conversation, very few people are actually taught anything about it.
  • It is swidely accepted that many of those diagnosed with autism may struggle to understand and use non-literal phrases

Katie wishes to investigate this further by exploring how this difficulty affects autistic people and whether this is that different from neurotypical individuals.

She is concentrating on Young Adult High-Functioning Autistic Females as this is an area where there is currently a lack of representation in research, as this group is often excluded from data as a result of misdiagnosis.

Katie is particularly interested in hearing from 18-25yo females who have a formal diagnosis of High-Functioning Autism to complete an online questionnaire about their experiences of sarcasm and to measure their judgement of sarcasm by assessing various scenarios that may feature sarcasm.

This study does not require any personal information from those taking part that will make the data identifiable and is not about judging individuals performance, but the research does need to be able to measure the various abilities of a wide range of people in the target group to underpin any overall conclusions that may be arrived at.

If you are an 18-25yo female with a confirmed diagnosis of High-Functioning Autism and would like to take part, please follow this link to the online questionnaire, where you will also be able to read more about the research as well as were to seek further information, if necessary.


Please do fee free to pass on this call for volunteers to anyone you think may be interested.

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