Alexander Glandien, for Spectrum By George Musser, SpectrumMar. 9, 2018 , 9:00 AM Originally published on Spectrum Today, at 43, Ayaya has a better sense of who she is: She was diagnosed with autism when she was in her early 30s.

As a Ph.D. student in the history and philosophy of science at the University of Tokyo, she is using the narratives from her teen years and after to generate hypotheses and suggest experiments about autism — a form of self-analysis called Tojisha-Kenkyu, introduced nearly 20 years ago by the disability-rights movement in Japan. Get more great content like this delivered right to you!

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In Ayaya’s telling, her autism involves a host of perceptual disconnects. For example, she feels in exquisite detail all the sensations that typical people readily identify as hunger, but she can’t piece them together.

“It’s very hard for me to conclude I’m hungry,” she says. “I feel irritated, or I feel sad, or I feel something [is] wrong. Read more from sciencemag.org…

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