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ERIC Number: EJ1120148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
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Reduced Mimicry to Virtual Reality Avatars in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Forbes, Paul A. G.; Pan, Xueni; de C. Hamilton, Antonia F.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n12 p3788-3797 Dec 2016
Mimicry involves unconsciously copying the actions of others. Increasing evidence suggests that autistic people can copy the goal of an observed action but show differences in their mimicry. We investigated mimicry in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) within a two-dimensional virtual reality environment. Participants played an imitation game with a socially engaged avatar and socially disengaged avatar. Despite being told only to copy the goal of the observed action, autistic participants and matched neurotypical participants mimicked the kinematics of the avatars' movements. However, autistic participants mimicked less. Social engagement did not modulate mimicry in either group. The results demonstrate the feasibility of using virtual reality to induce mimicry and suggest mimicry differences in ASD may also occur when interacting with avatars.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule; Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale
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