Neurodiversity in a general working context – a good definition

There have been an increasing number of references in the media and on social platforms to neurodiversity in a working context, and as is common with a relatively new topic, there seem to be myriad definitions. A good working definition comes from Oxford Living Dictionaries which defines neurodiversity as “The range of differences in individual brain function and behavioural traits, regarded as part of normal variation in the human population” noting it has often been used in relation to autism but not exclusively so.

A wide definition permits inclusion of the wider workforce in exploring how people can better interact and be more productive, and create better places to work. Aspects of differences regarded as part of ‘normal variation’ can include how brains (i) perceive information and (ii) make decisions; there are other aspects. Such a definition also enables a helpful link with practical psychology.