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Psych Reading "The Strange Case of Anna Stubblefield" Article Notes

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Psych Reading "The Strange Case of Anna Stubblefield" Article Notes PSY P-101

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These are notes about a reading we had to do in psychology that involves facilitated communication called "The Strange Case of Anna Stubblefield." I took notes throughout the whole reading. It incl...
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This 2 page Bundle was uploaded by Meegan Voss on Saturday January 23, 2016. The Bundle belongs to PSY P-101 at Indiana University taught by Irene Vlachos-Weber in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 44 views. For similar materials see Introductory Psychology in Psychlogy at Indiana University.

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Reading #1: a current case involving Facilitated Communication­strange­case­of­anna­ stubblefield.html?_r=0 Notes: o Anna – facilitator, DJ – disabled with cerebral palsy o Confusion of their love; Anna is 41 and DJ is 30, she can talk and he can’t, she  is white and he is black, she was married w/ children o Facilitated communication started w/ Anna o Anna helped DJ type words so he could “speak” after being silent o DJ’s family thought Anna was taking advantage of him (I agree) o Anna claims DJ was pursuing and seducing her o Thought of as a fraud, using DJ to continue her research  o Unconsciously speaking for DJ? o In HS and college, Anna was a speaker for racism, then tackled disability  o Wesley’s (DJ’s brother) came up with the idea of FC after watching a video in  Anna’s college course o FC was invented 40 years ago to help Anne McDonald with cerebral palsy, she  joined a play group called beanbaggers which then turned to a communication  study o Kids would have to point to objects and pictures and words  o Maybe the kids can learn how to speak by pointing and typing o Anne could quickly do math, learning about politics which lead to the thought of  FC being a fraud because how would the kids know about this stuff – RED FLAG o Claimed the kids absorbed all the information before but had no way of letting it  out but it was very questionable by many so they decided to try and debunk it o Facilitator became convinced Anne could speak on her own and didn’t believe  she was doing it for her unconsciously  o Competence was founding principle of Crossley’s (facilitator) method o Her work wasn’t popular until Biklen (professor) came to her clinic and found it  fascinating, which then helped spread FC through the world and set up institutes o So many accusations of sexual assault but all become untrue o Tried doing tests by showing both facilitator and client pictures, some different  and some same, and data came back “normal” o When client was asked information the facilitator didn’t know, the answers were  in accurate, shown different pictures that facilitator didn’t know were different and the answer was the picture the facilitator saw and not what the client saw – RED  FLAG, DEBUNKED o Maybe Anna started feeling the way she was feeling or making him say these  things because at the convention DJ spoke in, two of the other speakers got  engaged  o Fall of 2010, he was in a 400 level course in African American Literature..what? o Only Anna could successfully go through training with him, his mother and  brother tried FC with him but failed – RED FLAG o “DJ likes to facilitate with some people more than others” that’s why it wasn’t  working with his brother and mother, but if I wanted to talk after 30 years of  silence, I would use anybody that I could – RED FLAG o DJ would speak things Wesley knew weren’t really true, but was saying what  Anna liked instead of DJ’s interests o Did Anna push to have sex with DJ and pushed him to love her? o Anna truly believed FC worked after watching her mother do it for 20 years o DJ told Anna personal stuff she wouldn’t really know like his middle name and  birthday, she truly believed he was typing it, not her o No one liked the idea of Anna being with DJ o Things sparked up again after Anna emailed DJ’s afternoon day program director asking to see him and talk to him, knowing she’s not supposed to  o The main question is…is DJ “mentally sound and thus capable of consent” o Anna was charged 2 counts of first degree aggravated sexual assault because  DJ isn’t capable of giving consent or resist  o DJ didn’t react when he saw Anna in the court room after 4 years – RED FLAG o Anna was found guilty on both counts o DJ was unable to give consent and because of Anna’s faith in DJ’s typing


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