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ERIC Number: EJ1049190
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Brief Report: New Evidence for a Social-Specific Imagination Deficit in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Ten Eycke, Kayla D.; Müller, Ulrich
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n1 p213-220 Jan 2015
Previous research suggests that children with autism have deficits in drawing imaginative content. However, these conclusions are largely based on tasks that require children to draw impossible persons, and performance on this task may be limited by social deficits. To determine the generality of the deficit in imagination in children with autism, we asked 25 children with autism (mean age 9;7) and 29 neurotypically developing children (mean age 8;7) to draw an imaginative person and house. Drawings of imaginary houses by children with autism did not differ from those by neurotypically developing controls, but drawings of persons were significantly less imaginative. These findings suggest that the impairment in imagination among children with autism may be specific to social stimuli.
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Language: English
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