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ERIC Number: EJ1082480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
The Relationship between Subthreshold Autistic Traits, Ambiguous Figure Perception and Divergent Thinking
Best, Catherine; Arora, Shruti; Porter, Fiona; Doherty, Martin
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n12 p4064-4073 Dec 2015
This research investigates the paradox of creativity in autism. That is, whether people with subclinical autistic traits have cognitive styles conducive to creativity or whether they are disadvantaged by the implied cognitive and behavioural rigidity of the autism phenotype. The relationship between divergent thinking (a cognitive component of creativity), perception of ambiguous figures, and self-reported autistic traits was evaluated in 312 individuals in a non-clinical sample. High levels of autistic traits were significantly associated with lower fluency scores on the divergent thinking tasks. However autistic traits were associated with high numbers of unusual responses on the divergent thinking tasks. Generation of novel ideas is a prerequisite for creative problem solving and may be an adaptive advantage associated with autistic traits.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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