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Wikipedia Summary for Temple Grandin

Mary Temple Grandin (born August 29, 1947) is an American scientist and animal behaviourist. She is a prominent proponent for the humane treatment of livestock for slaughter and the author of more than 60 scientific papers on animal behavior. Grandin is a consultant to the livestock industry, where she offers advice on animal behavior, and is also an autism spokesperson.

Grandin is one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to document the insights she gained from her personal experience of autism. She is currently a faculty member with Animal Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University.

In 2010, Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, named her in the "Heroes" category. She was the subject of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning semi-biographical film Temple Grandin. Grandin has been an outspoken proponent of autism rights and neurodiversity movements.

quote by Temple Grandin: Nature is cruel, but we don't have to be. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

Nature is cruel, but we don't have to be.

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quote by Temple Grandin: If by some magic, autism had been eradicated from the face of the earth, then men would still be socializing in front of a wood fire at the entrance to a cave. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

If by some magic, autism had been eradicated from the face of the earth, then men would still be socializing in front of a wood fire at the entrance to a cave.

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quote by Temple Grandin: We should assume that some captive animals feel frustrated being locked up inside. Many captive animals try to escape as soon as they have an opportunity. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

We should assume that some captive animals feel frustrated being locked up inside. Many captive animals try to escape as soon as they have an opportunity.

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quote by Temple Grandin: Animals don't have purely behavioral needs, and if an animal expresses a normal behavior in an abnormal environment, its welfare may be poor. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

Animals don't have purely behavioral needs, and if an animal expresses a normal behavior in an abnormal environment, its welfare may be poor.

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quote by Temple Grandin: Lot of animals living in captivity don't mate successfully because there's something wrong with their living conditions that stops them from acting naturally. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

Lot of animals living in captivity don't mate successfully because there's something wrong with their living conditions that stops them from acting naturally.

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quote by Temple Grandin: Livestock producers observe that when rough, stressful handling practices are eliminated, cattle resume eating a full day earlier. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

Livestock producers observe that when rough, stressful handling practices are eliminated, cattle resume eating a full day earlier.

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quote by Temple Grandin: I like to cross the divide between the personal world and the scientific world. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I like to cross the divide between the personal world and the scientific world.

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quote by Temple Grandin: Curiosity is the other side of caution. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

Curiosity is the other side of caution.

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quote by Temple Grandin: It's OK to be an eccentric; it's not OK to be a rude and dirty eccentric. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

It's OK to be an eccentric; it's not OK to be a rude and dirty eccentric.

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quote by Temple Grandin: The worst thing you can do is nothing. (re: teaching children with autism). with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

The worst thing you can do is nothing. (re: teaching children with autism).

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quote by Temple Grandin: I'm pure geek, pure logic. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I'm pure geek, pure logic.

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quote by Temple Grandin: People can live up to high standards, but they can't live up to perfection. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

People can live up to high standards, but they can't live up to perfection.

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quote by Temple Grandin: My mind works like Google for images. You put in a key word; it brings up pictures. See language for me narrates the pictures in my mind. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

My mind works like Google for images. You put in a key word; it brings up pictures. See language for me narrates the pictures in my mind.

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quote by Temple Grandin: We found if you took the dog out for 45 minutes a day and worked with it that the solitary stress hormone, cortisol, went down. But then it went right back up again because they didn't keep doing it. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

We found if you took the dog out for 45 minutes a day and worked with it that the solitary stress hormone, cortisol, went down. But then it went right back up again because they didn't keep doing it.

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quote by Temple Grandin: A cat can be social, but a dog, we've bred this hyper social animal that's really truly different and will do stuff for us just to please us with praise and stroking. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

A cat can be social, but a dog, we've bred this hyper social animal that's really truly different and will do stuff for us just to please us with praise and stroking.

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quote by Temple Grandin: Label-locked thinking can affect treatment. For instance, I heard a doctor say about a kid with gastrointestinal issues, Oh, he has autism. That's the problem--and then he didn't treat the GI problem. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

Label-locked thinking can affect treatment. For instance, I heard a doctor say about a kid with gastrointestinal issues, Oh, he has autism. That's the problem--and then he didn't treat the GI problem.

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quote by Temple Grandin: Medication should never be considered the only tool for helping a person. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

Medication should never be considered the only tool for helping a person.

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quote by Temple Grandin: I'm seeing too many geeky, nerdy kids get addicted to video games and they're going nowhere. It's making me crazy. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I'm seeing too many geeky, nerdy kids get addicted to video games and they're going nowhere. It's making me crazy.

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quote by Temple Grandin: There's a point where anecdotal evidence becomes truth. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

There's a point where anecdotal evidence becomes truth.

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quote by Temple Grandin: My mind sort of works like a search engine. You ask me something, and I start seeing pictures. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

My mind sort of works like a search engine. You ask me something, and I start seeing pictures.

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quote by Temple Grandin: I want get people to think about sensory based of thinking. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I want get people to think about sensory based of thinking.

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quote by Temple Grandin: What do I do when I go home? Work. That's basically my social life. I'm married to work. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

What do I do when I go home? Work. That's basically my social life. I'm married to work.

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quote by Temple Grandin: The big companies are like steel and activists are like heat. Activists soften the steel, and then I can bend it into pretty grillwork and make reforms. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

The big companies are like steel and activists are like heat. Activists soften the steel, and then I can bend it into pretty grillwork and make reforms.

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quote by Temple Grandin: You can't punish a child who is acting out because of sensory overload. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

You can't punish a child who is acting out because of sensory overload.

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quote by Temple Grandin: I've been on antidepressants for years, and it worked to stop my anxiety and didn't limit creativity. Some of the best work I've done, in fact, is after I started taking the antidepressants. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I've been on antidepressants for years, and it worked to stop my anxiety and didn't limit creativity. Some of the best work I've done, in fact, is after I started taking the antidepressants.

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quote by Temple Grandin: You got barn cats and you want to make them tamed, you need to get them as kittens. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

You got barn cats and you want to make them tamed, you need to get them as kittens.

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quote by Temple Grandin: Unfortunately, most people never observe the natural cycle of birth and death. They do not realize that for one living thing to survive, another living thing must die. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

Unfortunately, most people never observe the natural cycle of birth and death. They do not realize that for one living thing to survive, another living thing must die.

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quote by Temple Grandin: Here's certain things that are similar to cats and dogs. Dogs are just hyper social and they have a want to please you way more than a cat does. with background image: cute spaniel dog on beach wallpaper
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Here's certain things that are similar to cats and dogs. Dogs are just hyper social and they have a want to please you way more than a cat does.

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quote by Temple Grandin: I'd rather have a kid come up to me and tell me that he loves dinosaurs or he loves airplanes or he likes training dogs or I like Shakespeare. I mean, just something. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I'd rather have a kid come up to me and tell me that he loves dinosaurs or he loves airplanes or he likes training dogs or I like Shakespeare. I mean, just something.

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quote by Temple Grandin: Us visual thinkers like me, be good at things like industrial design, graphics, art, those kind of jobs. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

Us visual thinkers like me, be good at things like industrial design, graphics, art, those kind of jobs.

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quote by Temple Grandin: You could train cats do things, a lot of people don't think cats aren't trainable. Cats can be trusted just a friend. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

You could train cats do things, a lot of people don't think cats aren't trainable. Cats can be trusted just a friend.

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quote by Temple Grandin: If you get a little kitty and he's down on the bottom, and he's laying on his chest, you know tucked up underneath, then that cat is not relaxed. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

If you get a little kitty and he's down on the bottom, and he's laying on his chest, you know tucked up underneath, then that cat is not relaxed.

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quote by Temple Grandin: Things like microphones are dangerous things because you never know when they might feedback and squeal. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

Things like microphones are dangerous things because you never know when they might feedback and squeal.

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quote by Temple Grandin: The animal that I have worked with the most is beef cattle, so that's my favorite animal, but I like all animals. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

The animal that I have worked with the most is beef cattle, so that's my favorite animal, but I like all animals.

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quote by Temple Grandin: I think sometimes parents and teachers fail to stretch kids. My mother had a very good sense of how to stretch me just slightly outside my comfort zone. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I think sometimes parents and teachers fail to stretch kids. My mother had a very good sense of how to stretch me just slightly outside my comfort zone.

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quote by Temple Grandin: I can remember being bullied and teased. It was absolutely horrible. I got kicked out of ninth grade for throwing a book at a girl who teased me. It was absolutely terrible. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I can remember being bullied and teased. It was absolutely horrible. I got kicked out of ninth grade for throwing a book at a girl who teased me. It was absolutely terrible.

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quote by Temple Grandin: I'm a believer in biochemistry. But I tell people to try only one thing at a time to see if it works. And if you do give a powerful drug to a kid, it better have a big wow factor. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I'm a believer in biochemistry. But I tell people to try only one thing at a time to see if it works. And if you do give a powerful drug to a kid, it better have a big wow factor.

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quote by Temple Grandin: I've got my one area I work in and I want to educate people about autism and I also want to improve, you know, animal handling and transport and make a real change out in the field on the ground. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I've got my one area I work in and I want to educate people about autism and I also want to improve, you know, animal handling and transport and make a real change out in the field on the ground.

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quote by Temple Grandin: I'm seeing too many smart kind of socially awkward kids, a lot milder than I was, not getting employment because they're not learning job skills. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I'm seeing too many smart kind of socially awkward kids, a lot milder than I was, not getting employment because they're not learning job skills.

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quote by Temple Grandin: I'm seeing too many kind of socially awkward kids that get through schools and then they can't hold a job because they haven't learned the discipline of get up in the morning. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I'm seeing too many kind of socially awkward kids that get through schools and then they can't hold a job because they haven't learned the discipline of get up in the morning.

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quote by Temple Grandin: The people that were socially awkward from my generation, they all had paper routes and that taught them the discipline of work. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

The people that were socially awkward from my generation, they all had paper routes and that taught them the discipline of work.

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quote by Temple Grandin: I'm a child of the 50s. I was expected to have table manners. There needs to be some expectations for behavior. I'm seeing some children today, they don't push them enough. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I'm a child of the 50s. I was expected to have table manners. There needs to be some expectations for behavior. I'm seeing some children today, they don't push them enough.

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quote by Temple Grandin: I've got a lot of people that are really good at taming animals and working with animals; and they can't explain how they do. They just get a feeling from the animal. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I've got a lot of people that are really good at taming animals and working with animals; and they can't explain how they do. They just get a feeling from the animal.

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quote by Temple Grandin: I feel very strongly that we need to give beef cattle a really good life. When they go to slaughter, it needs to be painless. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I feel very strongly that we need to give beef cattle a really good life. When they go to slaughter, it needs to be painless.

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quote by Temple Grandin: One big question that's come up is: Has autism increased on the mild side of things? I don't think so -- they've always been here. Some of this is increased detection. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

One big question that's come up is: Has autism increased on the mild side of things? I don't think so -- they've always been here. Some of this is increased detection.

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quote by Temple Grandin: I was fascinated with optical illusions. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I was fascinated with optical illusions.

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quote by Temple Grandin: Costs for liability insurance are higher than costs for many procedures. There is a need to reform liability laws to stop out-of-control health care costs. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

Costs for liability insurance are higher than costs for many procedures. There is a need to reform liability laws to stop out-of-control health care costs.

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quote by Temple Grandin: I played around with vegetarianism back in the '70s. One thing, my physiology just got to have animal protein. I get hypoglycemic, I get all light-headed unless I eat animal protein. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I played around with vegetarianism back in the '70s. One thing, my physiology just got to have animal protein. I get hypoglycemic, I get all light-headed unless I eat animal protein.

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quote by Temple Grandin: Animals do have emotion. But fear tends to be one of the most primal emotions. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

Animals do have emotion. But fear tends to be one of the most primal emotions.

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quote by Temple Grandin: The reason why feral kitties are hard to tame is because they have missed socialization the period -- you need to be touching and petting those kittens when they are real young. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

The reason why feral kitties are hard to tame is because they have missed socialization the period -- you need to be touching and petting those kittens when they are real young.

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quote by Temple Grandin: In special education, there's too much emphasis placed on the deficit and not enough on the strength. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

In special education, there's too much emphasis placed on the deficit and not enough on the strength.

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quote by Temple Grandin: Some people with autism who don't talk, all they hear are vowel sounds. Like if I said 'cup,' they might just hear 'uh.' with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

Some people with autism who don't talk, all they hear are vowel sounds. Like if I said 'cup,' they might just hear 'uh.'

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quote by Temple Grandin: I think a brain can be made more thinking or made more emotional. At what point does this become abnormal? Autism in its milder variants, I think, is part of normal human variation. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

I think a brain can be made more thinking or made more emotional. At what point does this become abnormal? Autism in its milder variants, I think, is part of normal human variation.

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quote by Temple Grandin: People are getting too far away from the real-world. Politics is just ridiculous, it's totally dysfunctional. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

People are getting too far away from the real-world. Politics is just ridiculous, it's totally dysfunctional.

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quote by Temple Grandin: Sometimes you have to go outside your field of study to find the right people. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

Sometimes you have to go outside your field of study to find the right people.

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quote by Temple Grandin: Nature is cruel but we don't have to be. with background image: photo of author Temple Grandin with quote

Nature is cruel but we don't have to be.

--Temple Grandin

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