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ERIC Number: EJ1037920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Brief Report: Difficulty in Understanding Social Acting (But Not False Beliefs) Mediates the Link between Autistic Traits and Ingroup Relationships
Yang, Daniel Y.-J.; Baillargeon, Renée
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v43 n9 p2199-2206 Sep 2013
Why do individuals with more autistic traits experience social difficulties? Here we examined the hypothesis that these difficulties stem in part from a challenge in understanding social acting, the prosocial pretense that adults routinely produce to maintain positive relationships with their ingroup. In Study 1, we developed a self-administered test of social-acting understanding: participants read stories in which a character engaged in social acting and rated the appropriateness of the character's response. Adults who scored 26 or higher on the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) questionnaire gave significantly lower ratings than comparison participants (AQ < 26). Study 2 found that difficulty in understanding social acting, but not false beliefs, mediated the link between autistic traits and perceived ingroup relationships.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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