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Autism and the Imaginative Mind

The British Academy publication ‘Imaginative Minds’ offers an engaging and innovative take on the elusive and special human capacity of imagination. The editor, Dr Ilona Roth, has a particular interest in the complex relationship between autism and imagination. People on the autistic spectrum typically have difficulty in imagining what other people are thinking and feeling, and in understanding and generating narrative, and this would seem to constrain their scope for creative forms of imagination. Yet some individuals with autism display remarkable gifts in fields such as music, art and poetry. In this edited extract Dr Roth offers insights from her research into autistic spectrum poetry.

• Ilona Roth

The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Published in British Academy Review, Issue 11 (July 2008).