Autistic Quotient

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Autistic Quotient

Postby Mick F » 30 Jul 2013, 1:19pm

Mrs Mick F did a course on autism recently, and very gently explained that I was a little autistic and she asked me to take this test.
http://aq.server8.org/

She did it and scored 5.
I did it and scored 43 :oops:
TBH, I'm quite pleased. It explains a great deal about me and the way I look at life. I always knew I was different!

How's your score?
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Re: Autistic Quotient

Postby Mr. Viking » 30 Jul 2013, 1:31pm

31. I've scored quite highly before on this sort of thing. Maybe it's why I'm as happy talking to people through an internet forum as I am in person.

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Re: Autistic Quotient

Postby Audax67 » 30 Jul 2013, 1:41pm

30, me. Hell, cyclists have to be obsessed with minutiæ or all their bits'd fall off.
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Re: Autistic Quotient

Postby Geriatrix » 30 Jul 2013, 1:44pm

Yes on their bikes too.
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Re: Autistic Quotient

Postby JohnW » 30 Jul 2013, 2:00pm

I can't say I'm impressed Mick - I got 19, 22 and 18 and then got utterly bored with it. I also found that I didn't always give the same responses on one attempt as I had on another.

This surprised me, but I'd recorded my responses on a piece of paper as I was doing the questionnaire and checked back when I'd finished the three attempts.

One thing that I noticed was that I was usually "slightly" - does that make me indecisive? - I can't decide whether I am or I'm not.

If one person, with the best will in the world, gets three different scores within ten minutes, how can it be reliable?

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Re: Autistic Quotient

Postby al_yrpal » 30 Jul 2013, 2:12pm

Thanks for that Mick. I scored 18. What do you think makes you score high? Is it is obsessive things, a fascination with numbers, fixations (continual chain washing). awkward in social situations or what?

There is a bloke in our local cycling group that just sits there and verbally gushes so you can't get a word in edgewise, everyone tries to ignore him. Is that Asbergers?

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Re: Autistic Quotient

Postby tatanab » 30 Jul 2013, 2:23pm

33
which makes sense since I am not a social animal, professionally I've always needed to be precise and accurate, and at home I can imagine a decorated room for example even if I cannot achieve the desired result. I can tinker with bikes and bits for hour upon hour and of course the end result has to be mechanically as perfect as I can make it but I do not care so much about cosmetic effects e.g cable runs have to be neat but a scratch or two does not matter.

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Re: Autistic Quotient

Postby Malaconotus » 30 Jul 2013, 2:25pm

29. Yikes!

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Re: Autistic Quotient

Postby Mark1978 » 30 Jul 2013, 2:38pm

I do find it disturbing that if someone is interested in the detail of anything then this somehow makes them autistic? It's like we're living in such a dumbed down society that if you actually take an interest in anything except perhaps David Beckhams latest haircut then you are somehow strange and need to be labelled as such.

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Re: Autistic Quotient

Postby kwackers » 30 Jul 2013, 2:55pm

Mark1978 wrote:I do find it disturbing that if someone is interested in the detail of anything then this somehow makes them autistic? It's like we're living in such a dumbed down society that if you actually take an interest in anything except perhaps David Beckhams latest haircut then you are somehow strange and need to be labelled as such.

I work in an office full of geeks, the problem isn't being interested, it's being interested on the verge of obsession.
Whether that questionnaire can differentiate who knows but I doubt it's used on its own.

On the other hand I'm practically normal with a score of 27 which is also bad news. As a computer programmer 27 is practically a disability!

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Re: Autistic Quotient

Postby Mark1978 » 30 Jul 2013, 3:01pm

kwackers wrote:I work in an office full of geeks, the problem isn't being interested, it's being interested on the verge of obsession.
Whether that questionnaire can differentiate who knows but I doubt it's used on its own.


Quite so, but it's become common thought that anyone who shows a passing interest in any topic, except perhaps football, they somehow have a disease and need to be labelled.

On the other hand I'm practically normal with a score of 27 which is also bad news. As a computer programmer 27 is practically a disability!


True :D. I'm a sysadmin and even I think devs are weird ;)

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Re: Autistic Quotient

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 30 Jul 2013, 3:09pm

Hi,
Women tend to go with the flow of others around them to keep peace hence their low score.
Us twerps tend to argue or dissagree on the colour of our cycle bits, just so you dont agree with the fashion followers :lol:
A test which has no nuetral answers is always going to make normal seem above or below.
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Re: Autistic Quotient

Postby Mark1978 » 30 Jul 2013, 3:11pm

NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Us twerps tend to argue or dissagree on the colour of our cycle bits,.



Oh no we don't!

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Re: Autistic Quotient

Postby Audax67 » 30 Jul 2013, 3:46pm

JohnW wrote:...
One thing that I noticed was that I was usually "slightly" - does that make me indecisive? - I can't decide whether I am or I'm not.

If one person, with the best will in the world, gets three different scores within ten minutes, how can it be reliable?



Your results lie in the range 20±2 out of a possible 50 : i.e a 4% margin of error. Reasonable for a rough quiz of this sort. A margin of 10% wouldn't surprise me.
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Re: Autistic Quotient

Postby Audax67 » 30 Jul 2013, 4:02pm

kwackers wrote:On the other hand I'm practically normal with a score of 27 which is also bad news. As a computer programmer 27 is practically a disability!


Hum. Nuther one here. Our OS guys had plenty of social graces, mostly involving beer and not washing too often to maintain the tribal odour.

Wife's chum's partner is comp sci prof working obsessively when at home on a computational maths problem he finds intransigent but that others reportedly better than he can't solve either. When wife's chum is at home she has to hush & tread warily or he gets all snarky. Thing is, she's a better mathematician than he and she knows he's barking up the wrong tree because she's already been up it, but he keeps hitting his head on the same branch. General consensus is that he's barking tout court, never mind the tree. I reckon he'd score in the high 40s, if you could persuade him to take the test.

Course he might solve his CM problem. Wouldn't be a pretty sight.
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