Date of Award

1-31-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Department

Liberal Studies

First Reader

Reginald Lilly

Second Reader

Mary Ann Foley

Abstract

This final project will be examining how to bypass the neuropsychological cognitive executive functioning errors that lead to a planning fallacy, a continual underestimation of task duration even with knowledge of correct estimation, of adult individuals with Asperger's Syndrome. Due to these errors, many of these individuals look to self-employment as an economic solution to the rigid constraints of the existing occupational environment. Although self-employment is a viable option, the errors need to be corrected for successful ventures. The proper means to correct these errors is through the use of metacognitive processes called implementation intentions; which create concrete plans of action to facilitate goal oriented behavior. The implications of this research suggest that these individuals can create more appropriate cognitive and metacognitive functioning skills that enable them to interact and work more productively and efficiently within their families and communities, benefiting psychologically, sociologically, and economically.

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