An online friend whose daughter probably has Aspergers syndrome sent out a link to this test of a person's autism spectrum quotient. Of the twenty-ish people who shared their score, I had the highest score (ie, most in common with people on the autism spectrum) by a long shot. Seeing as how most of the questions asked things like "do you look for patterns in numbers" and "do you like new social situations" and I'm a number-loving nerdy introvert, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised to have a high score. I'm not about to go and get myself tested (by a non-internet expert) or anything, but I thought it was interesting that no one else (other than various members of the friend's family) was even close to my score. I'd be curious to know whether my fellow Caltech alums generally score higher than the rest of the population. I was pretty darn average with both my love of numbers and lack of comfort in new, social situations at college and I guess I've surrounded myself with enough other similar nerds throughout my life that I didn't realize how unusual that is.
So, if you feel like killing 5-10 minutes and taking the test and sharing your results, I'd be curious, regardless of your background. I scored a 35. April is Autism Awaremess month.