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ERIC Number: EJ777127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 31
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
Temporal Context Memory in High-Functioning Autism
Gras-Vincendon, Agnes; Mottron, Laurent; Salame, Pierre; Bursztejn, Claude; Danion, Jean-Marie
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v11 n6 p523-534 2007
Episodic memory, i.e. memory for specific episodes situated in space and time, seems impaired in individuals with autism. According to weak central coherence theory, individuals with autism have general difficulty connecting contextual and item information which then impairs their capacity to memorize information in context. This study investigated temporal context memory for visual information in individuals with autism. Eighteen adolescents and adults with high-functioning autism (HFA) or Asperger syndrome (AS) and age- and IQ-matched typically developing participants were tested using a recency judgement task. The performance of the autistic group did not differ from that of the control group, nor did the performance between the AS and HFA groups. We conclude that autism in high-functioning individuals does not impair temporal context memory as assessed on this task. We suggest that individuals with autism are as efficient on this task as typically developing subjects because contextual memory performance here involves more automatic than organizational processing. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.) [This project was funded by the Fondation France Telecom.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada