neu·​ro·​typ·​i·​cal | \ ˌnu̇r-ō-ˈti-pi-kəl How to pronounce neurotypical (audio) , ˌnyu̇r-\

Definition of neurotypical

: not affected with a developmental disorder and especially autism spectrum disorder : exhibiting or characteristic of typical neurological development neurotypical students the neurotypical brain

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Autistic participants reacted to the jokes in the same way as neurotypical individuals, boosting their joke scores when laugh tracks were added. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ha-ha! Study Shows Laugh Tracks Make Dad Jokes Funnier," 25 July 2019 And compared with their neurotypical counterparts, individuals with autism were more likely to rate all jokes as funnier. Sabine Galvis, Science | AAAS, "Laugh tracks boost humor ratings of corny ‘dad jokes’," 22 July 2019 These prescription medications are meant to help those with ADHD focus—not give their neurotypical peers a study boost. Vivienne Ming, Quartz, "Why I’m turning my son into a cyborg," 15 July 2019 This draws a hurtful line between people who experience psychosis and neurotypical people, further alienating and stereotyping those dealing with mental health issues. Stefanie Lyn Kaufman As Told To Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is What It's Really Like to Experience Psychosis," 23 Aug. 2018 Highmore plays a talented young surgeon with autism and savant-syndrome, but in real life, the actor is neurotypical. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Exclusive: 'The Good Doctor' Star Tamlyn Tomita Responds to the Show's Biggest Criticism," 24 Sep. 2018 If the audience is larger than five people, then the audience certainly includes disabled and nondisabled people; whether Deaf or Hearing; neurodivergent or neurotypical; in chronic pain or, for the present, pain-free. Constance Grady, Vox, "Why Fahrenheit 451 still matters in the e-book era," 12 May 2018 Children with autism and their neurotypical peers have a lot to offer one another. Damar Services, Indianapolis Star, "5 ways classrooms are successfully changing to support students with autism," 24 Apr. 2018 James says about the difference between neurotypical girls and those not on the autism spectrum. Sam Gillette,, "Author Speaks Out After Learning She Has Autism at 45: 'I Finally Knew Why I Was Different'," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of neurotypical

1994, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neurotypical

neuro- + typical

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neu·​ro·​typ·​i·​cal | \ ˌn(y)u̇r-(ˌ)ȯ-ˈti-pi-kəl How to pronounce neurotypical (audio) \

Medical Definition of neurotypical

: not affected with a developmental disorder and especially autism spectrum disorder : exhibiting or characteristic of typical neurological development With developmental disorders, there is an added layer of confusion because people often appear neurotypical; they function well in some situations and not in others.— Sallie Tisdale, Harper's, April 2012

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Studies have repeatedly shown that people with autism perform better than neurotypicals (that is, people whose brains function in a more typical fashion) on embedded-figure tests—a variation on the old something's hidden-in-the-picture game. — Temple Grandin and Richard Panek, Time, 7 Oct. 2013

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