Reading Reflection 1:

Power of Moments chapters

Q1 Describe the peak-end rule

Impression of experience = the mathematical average of the most extreme (best or worst) moment and the last moment.  Also accepted: average of best+last.

Q2 In the Power of Moments, the authors described four elements that define moments. Describe two of these (briefly).

  • Elevation -- out of the ordinary, sensory pleasure

  • Pride --evoke pride/mark accomplishment

  • Insight -- learn something about self/ led to think differently about world

  • Connection --put a moment in the social context, shared experience

Q3 When can you evoke a fresh start?

Create a milestone --special date/ritual to mark end/beginning


reading reflection 2:

Cognitive style paper

Q1 The author suggests that people with ASD have "weak central coherence."  What does that mean?

Challenge in seeing the forest (gist) for the trees (details). Difficulty integrating details into a larger context.

Q2 Provide a specific example from research that reveals WCC in autism (e.g., from perception or story comprehension).

Examples include: problem integrating sentences into a story/ box challenge/ others

Q3 Give an example from the reading in which WCC results in superior performance on a task

Examples include: perfect pitch, not susceptible to visual illusions/ others


reading reflection 3:

don Norman excerpt and ASD-social connection paper

Q1 Don Norman describes the importance of experience and the concept of affordances. What does affordance mean and why is this concept relevant to designing for someone with ASD?

Affordance = what the product can enable for the user (can it be sat on, can it be lifted, etc). To design for a person with ASD you have to understand how ASD changes the affordances of the product for that user.

Q2 Conventional ways of showing social interest (e.g., eye contact) are less common in individuals with ASD. This finding has led many to conclude that autistic individuals do not have a desire to connect. Why should the lower frequency of these things in ASD not be taken as evidence for a lack of social interest?

There are other reasons for lack of eye contact etc. (e.g., eye contact is overwhelming & so they avoid eye contact in order to hear better).

Q3 Describe a moment from the film Life Animated that illustrated Owen’s desire for social connection.

Many possible answers -- Disney club, girlfriend, protector of sidekicks...