publication . Article . Other literature type . 2006

Multiple cognitive capabilities/deficits in children with an autism spectrum disorder: "Weak" central coherence and its relationship to theory of mind and executive control

PELLICANO, ELIZABETH; MAYBERY, MURRAY; DURKIN, KEVIN; MALEY, ALANA;
Open Access English
  • Published: 10 Feb 2006
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
This study examined the validity of 'weak' central coherence (CC) in the context of multiple cognitive capabilities/deficits in autism. Children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and matched typically developing children were administered tasks tapping visuospatial coherence, false-belief understanding and aspects of executive control. Significant group differences were found in all three cognitive domains. Evidence of local processing on coherence tasks was widespread in the ASD group, but difficulties in attributing false beliefs and in components of executive functioning were present in fewer of the children with ASD. This cognitive profile was generally...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: behavioral disciplines and activitiesmental disorders
free text keywords: Autism, central coherence, theory of mind, executive functioning, autistic symptomatology, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental health, Cognition, Cognitive variables, Group differences, Cognitive psychology, Autism, medicine.disease, medicine, Psychology, Theory of mind, Developmental psychology, Coherence (physics), Autism spectrum disorder, Social psychology
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Project
  • Funder: Australian Research Council (ARC) (ARC)
  • Project Code: DP0452312
  • Funding stream: Discovery Projects
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