I have a passion for engagement in psychological research on the topic of Autism, in particular Autistic perceptual and sensory systems. I enjoy hypothesising and investigating theories and experimenting with translating theory into real-life, relevant and applicable practice. This year i completed my final year in Psychology with an honors degree from TCD and it is my ambition to continue on to PhD level.
I am an out-of-the-box problem solver, I relish a challenge and strive to uncover and link patterns. I like to approach a problem with a balance of neutral, systematic inquisitively and creative, logic. I have a particular interest in understanding the autistic neurotype and perception from a neutral perspective — similar to the difference between a diesel engine and a petrol engine. Autistic neuro systems and neurotypical neuro systems have many similarities, but they also have many differences. Treating them both as the same will cause problems as will treating one as a malfunction of the other. In contrast, by viewing each independently as valid neurotypes of human, with a spectrum of contextauly dependant strenghts and weaknesses promotes respectful investigations. This respectful investigation can then be translated into the design and adaption of environments and sociities that promote optimal functioning and outcomes for both.
I felt the multi-layered intrigue of wonder about how many layered patterns relate fills me with an alert, focused kind of energy. I experience a cascading web of colours and shapes. I like the deep crackling feelings and hue changes of reflection often accompanied by the shimmering possibility of growth. I enjoy the dance of growth; when my thoughts are challenged, and I experience interactions and situations that force me to rethink something I thought I’d figured out. This process is excellent for expanding my ideas.
I was inspired by the self-awareness I continue to develop in understanding myself, my neurotype and how I work best, rather than trying to be “normal” and the resilience I’ve developed from overcoming challenges has led to the realisation that with creative adaptions i can do so many things I never thought I could. I am inspired to spread these realisations to broader society to improve future and current lives. I want to inspire others with the self-confidence to grow within their own neurotype. I am inspired by the potentials that can come from respectful research that can translate to innovative environmental modifications to make space in society for all.