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ERIC Number: EJ1109714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Physiological Response to Social Evaluative Threat in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Edmiston, E. Kale; Jones, Robin M.; Corbett, Blythe A.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n9 p2992-3005 Sep 2016
The Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) was employed to study response to social evaluative threat in male adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD, n = 21) and typical development (n = 13). Participants wore a mobile electrocardiogram to collect heart rate data. There were significant group effects on respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA), a measure of parasympathetic nervous system function, with lower values in ASD (F = 4.97). Bivariate correlations also showed a significant relationship between parent reports of social problems and RSA response to the TSST (r = -0.586). These findings suggest that autonomic dysregulation may contribute to social deficits in adolescents with ASD.
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Language: English
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