It's All About Perception
It's All About Perception
About Alex Bio Ph.D. (1992) in social psychology, from the sociology department at Indiana University, where I was a NIMH-funded pre-doc and a post-doctoral fellow in research measurement. My area of specialization is theory; developed a theory of perception for my dissertation based on a new conceptualization of informal logic. I left academics in 1999; was in management and then I was a salesman until 2006. For the last ten years, I have been a professional freelance writer. Along the way, I never stopped writing and publishing books about perception and autism as an independent scholar. Expertise: Perception Theory Bibliography, Citations, Reviews, Mentions, and Links 6 Books on Perception ● Autism and the Crisis of Meaning. 1996. SUNY/Albany Press. Presented the first-logic-based theory of autistic perception. ● How to Understand Autism - The Easy Way. 2005. JKP. London. “In this intriguing book Alex Durig vigorously explores the murky – almost mystical – border between autism normality. Durig’s well-written and creative challenge to conventional thinking about autism is sure to arouse controversy while it broadens perspectives” -Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., Director, Autism Research Institute ● The Search for DIANA. 2012. Alex Durig. Amazon.com. ● The Fork in the Road. 2012. Alex Durig. Amazon.com. ● The Shape of Autism. 2012. Alex Durig. Amazon.com. ● The Paradox Principle. 2015. Alex Durig. Amazon.com. ● The Universe is a Brain-Mind Hologram. 2016. Alex Durig. Amazon.com. Dissertation Durig, Alexander. (1992). Logical Inference Theory: The Subjective Organization of Trans-situational Meaning. Unpublished dissertation, Indiana University. This dissertation was a a study in the logic of meaningful perception. The research featured a laboratory experiment, which was unheard of in symbolic interactionism. The reason is that sociological social psychologists believe that naturally occurring interaction cannot be enabled, simulated, or controlled in a laboratory situation. The control for the experiment was a video of a hired actress impersonating a professor doing live video interviews for research purposes. In the study, Alex Durig was her lab assistant. He introduced the subjects to the professor who was sitting in an office across campus. Because of the rehearsed timing of the extended interaction, including a greeting ritual, chatting, nuances of emotion, and innuendo, complete with a thanks and good-bye ritual, 10 grad students in the pilot study, and 50 undergrad students in the actual experiment, assumed they were being interviewed by a live person. In each of five control groups, subjects were given different information about the interview, which allowed systematic changes in their perceptions of the interview, yet everybody actually participated in exactly the same interview. Scholarly Publications (All Top Academic Journals) Heise, D., & Durig, A. (1999/1992). Qualitative models. Encyclopedia of Sociology, 4, 1582-1586. Retrieved from http://www.indiana.edu/~socpsy/papers/QualEncyclo.htm Alex Durig is the only person to have been published in the Encyclopedia of Sociology as a graduate student. He shared the co-authorship with his mentor, David Heise. Durig, A. (1993). The Microsociology of Autism. Online publication at Autism Resources, Indiana University. Retrieved from http://www.autism-resources.com/papers/microsocialogy_of_autism.txt The first time the word spectrum was used to describe autistic perception was in this article published online before there was a WWW. Durig, A. (1994). What did Susanne Langer Really Mean? Sociological Theory, 12, 254-254. DOI: 10.2307/202124 Lead article in sociology’s top theory journal; a special issue dedicated to neglected theorists. Durig, A. (1995). The Event Frame. Research Studies in Symbolic Interactionism. 7:243-266. Top journal for symbolic interactionism, the sociological social psychology. Heise, D. R., & Durig, A. (1997). A frame for organizational actions and macroactions. Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 22(2), 95-123. Top journal for mathematical sociology. Reviews of Durig’s Work Cottrell, Barbara Flowers. (1997). Autism and the Crisis of Meaning. Clinical Sociology Review: 15:1, Article 19. Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/csr/vol15/iss1/19 Durig, A. (2000). Book Review: Autism and the Crisis of Meaning by Alexander Durig. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 15:3, 182-183. doi: 10.1177/108835760001500310 The Autistic Me: The Autism Spectrum (n.d.). Retrieved from http://theautisticme.blogspot.com/p/autism-spectrum.html Bennie, Maureen. (2004). How to Understand Autism – The Easy Way Reviewed by Maureen Bennie, Director, Autism Awareness Centre Inc. Retrieved from https://autismawarenesscentre.com/shop/autism/how-to-understand-autism-t... How to Understand Autism – The Easy Way Reviewed by Autism Tennessee. (2005). Retrieved from http://autismtn.org/library/how-to-understand-autism-the-easy-way/ Reviews of How to Understand Autism – The Easy Way. (2016). Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Retrieved from http://www.jkp.com/usa/how-to-understand-autism-the-easy-way.html Citations and Mentions of Durig’s Work in the Literature and Online Solomon, O. (2010). Sense and the Senses: Anthropology and the Study of Autism. Annual Review of Anthropology, 39, 241-259. Mason, John. (2013). A Cat Named Fufu by John Mason. The Warped Lens of Perception, Blog. Retrieved from http://www.savagelightstudios.com/warpedlens/?p=77 PhilSevens. (2015). Thinking it over. My Autistic Life, Blog. Retrieved from https://myautisticlife.co.uk/2015/07/22/thinking-it-over-my-first-libert... Kizer, James Samuel. (2016). Representing Autistic Masculinity: Hegemonic Gender Performances in Contemporary Autism Films. Master’s Thesis, Minnesota State University. Retrieved from http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1620&context... "Chapter One: Introduction Autism has long been conceptualized as a medical disability that impairs social interaction, motor skills, and thought processing, according to Alexander Durig in How to Understand Autism - The Easy Way." (p. 1). Alex Durig says being mentioned in the first sentence of Kizer's MA Thesis is a great honor.
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