Matthew Belmonte

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Matthew Belmonte
Born
Matthew Belmonte
NationalityAmerican
Known forThe Com DEALL Trust
Scientific career
FieldsPsychology
InstitutionsNottingham Trent University
WebsiteOfficial website

Matthew Belmonte is a professor of psychology at Nottingham Trent University who researches the behavior and neurophysiology of autistic individuals.[1] He has studied the behavioral aspects of autism by providing subjects with videogames that measure several perceptual properties.[2] Belmonte has received a $700,000 National Science Foundation grant to study this aspect, and uses MRI and EEG technology to measure brain activity of autistic and non-autistic individuals. He has an older brother with autism, and both have a fascination with order and regularity.[3] In his essay 'Life Without Order: Literature, Psychology, and Autism', Belmonte stated that he was inspired to pursue a career in science because of his need for a single right answer.[4]

Belmonte stated that repetitive behaviors of autistic people are usually associated with nonsocial phenomena as a protection against chaos, claiming that weakened neural connectivity interferes with narrative linkage.[5] Specifically, weakened connections are in the areas of perception, attention, and memory.[6][7] He has claimed that being a scientist and being autistic are both "compulsions to order", but the thought processes of a scientist are more abstract than thought processes of an autistic.[8] He has written that the autistic mind is more at ease with an orderly environment, where the expectations are known in advance.[9]

He has criticized the neurodiversity movement, stating that it is a "dangerous distraction" that could interfere with parents' search for help.[10]

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  1. ^ "Matthew Belmonte Nottingham Trent University". www.ntu.ac.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  2. ^ Gold, Lauren. "Belmonte uses video games to explore facets of autism | Cornell Chronicle". Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  3. ^ Kernis, Jay. "Intriguing people for January 29, 2010 - CNN.com". CNN. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  4. ^ Jacobs, Barbara (2003). Loving Mr. Spock : understanding an aloof lover. Arlington, Tex.: Future Horizons. ISBN 9781932565201.
  5. ^ Quayson, Ato (2007). Aesthetic nervousness disability and the crisis of representation. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 156. ISBN 0231511175.
  6. ^ Wexler, Alice. Autism in a Decentered World. Psychology Press. p. 37. ISBN 9781317594338. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  7. ^ Osteen, Mark. Autism and Representation. Routledge. ISBN 9781135911485. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  8. ^ Cowen, Tyler (2010). The age of the infovore succeeding in the information economy. New York: Plume. ISBN 1101432993. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  9. ^ Cumberland, edited by Debra; Mills, Bruce (2010). Siblings and Autism Stories Spanning Generations and Cultures. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN 9780857002952. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  10. ^ Quart, Alissa (2013). Republic of outsiders the power of amateurs, dreamers, and rebels. New York: New Press, The. ISBN 1595588949. Retrieved 19 October 2016.

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