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ERIC Number: EJ804348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Size Sequencing as a Window on Executive Control in Children with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome
McGonigle-Chalmers, Margaret; Bodner, Kimberly; Fox-Pitt, Alicia; Nicholson, Laura
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n7 p1382-1390 Aug 2008
A study is reported in which size sequencing on a touch screen is used as a measure of executive control in 20 high-functioning children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The data show a significant and age-independent effect of the length of sequence that can be executed without errors by these children, in comparison with a chronologically age-matched group of children with normal development. Error data and reaction times are analysed and are interpreted as revealing a constraint on the prospective component of working memory in children on the autistic spectrum even when there is no change in goal or perceptual set. It is concluded that the size sequencing paradigm is an effective measure of executive difficulties associated with autism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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