Understanding the communication and social features of individuals with autism spectrum disorder in the current society

Project description

Strategic research project of the University of Oulu
Focus institute: Eudaimonia
Faculty: Humanities

In real-life situations, our interpretations and expressions of language are continuously affected by many simultaneous contextual factors. The use of language involves cognitive processes and takes place in the social world where communication demands are multidimensional and continuously changing: this is a significant area of weakness in autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The purpose of this project is to investigate the social-pragmatic communication skills of young adults with ASD. We use a multilevel approach: behavioural, physiological and neural level. The approach provides an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the social-pragmatic language processing in individuals with ASD. The findings gained by using this methodology are needed in order to understand the unique social-pragmatic language processing styles of individuals with ASD. By increasing research-based information it is possible to develop appropriate practices to strengthen their social-communicative abilities, which enables individuals with ASD to be active members of the society.

Project coordinator

University of Oulu


Soile Loukusa

Soile Loukusa

University Lecturer, Adjunct Professor
Katja Dindar

Katja Dindar

Postdoctoral researcher