MillerComm Lecture Series

Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports from My Life with Autism and Animals

Wednesday, April 30th, 1997
Temple Grandin

Room 141, Commerce West

1206 South Sixth Street


Event Description

"I think in pictures. Words are like second language to me. I translate both spoken and written words into full-color movies, complete with sound, which run like a VCR tape in my head. When somebody speaks to me, his words are instantly translated into pictures. Language-based thinkers often find this phenomenon difficult to understand, but in my job as an equipment designer for the livestock industry, visual thinking is a tremendous advantage." —Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois in 1989, has designed one-third of all the livestock-handling systems in the United States. In this MillerComm talk, she will discuss her research on animal behavior and handling and the relationship between this work and her own experience with visual thinking as an autistic person.

A unique collaboration between Temple Grandin and artist Wendy Jacob will be exhibited at Krannert Art Museum, April 25-June 15. "Wendy Jacob: The Squeeze Chair Project" includes two interactive "squeeze" chairs designed by Jacob and 14 drawings by Grandin.

Cosponsored by: College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Fine and Applied Arts, School of Art and Design, Department of Animal Sciences, Department of English, Department of Physics, Department of Psychology, Department of Special Education, Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, Visual Learning Seminar

Temple Grandin

Department of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University