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ERIC Number: EJ1070523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1088-3576
Context Blindness in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Not Using the Forest to See the Trees as Trees
Vermeulen, Peter
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v30 n3 p182-192 Sep 2015
Because of the importance of contextual sensitivity in several cognitive processes that are affected in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), such as social cognition, understanding of language, or cognitive shifting, we argue that a lack of contextual sensitivity or "context blindness" should be given more attention in a neurocognitive account of ASD. Context blindness emphasizes an aspect of the central coherence hypothesis developed by Uta Frith that has been largely overlooked in both literature and scientific research, namely, the ability to use context in sense making. In this article, we will define context blindness, describe how it can explain some of the cognitive and behavioral characteristics of ASD, and explore its relationship with the other neurocognitive theories of ASD (theory of mind, empathizing--systemizing, and executive function).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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