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Shaun May's research appears in The New York Times

19 June 2019

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Dr Shaun May, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre, has featured in The New York Times site this week as part of an article on comedy and autism.

The New York Times is an American newspaper with a digit reach of 2.9 million.

The piece, titled 'What's So Funny About Autism?' by Michele C. Hollow, was published on 18 June 2019 and explores how those with autism experience – and write – comedy.

The article cites Shaun's research publication 'Autism and Comedy' from the journal Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance (2017, Issue 3, pp 436-455), which challenges the myth that people with autism lack a sense of humour.

'Just because you or I might find things funny, it doesn't mean we have more or less of a sense of humour,' explains Shaun in the piece.

For his research Shaun interviewed the comedy group 'Asperger's Are Us', who recently featured in the HBO series, On Tour With Asperger's Are Us.

To read the full article, please see The New York Times page here:
www.nytimes.com/2019/06/18/well/mind/autism-spectrum-humor-comedy.html

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