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ERIC Number: EJ818329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Brief Report: Atypical Social Cognition and Social Behaviours in Autism Spectrum Disorder--A Different Way of Processing Rather than an Impairment
O'Connor, Kate; Kirk, Ian
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n10 p1989-1997 Nov 2008
A central question to autism research is whether autism is largely the result of an impairment in social cognition and/or motivation or the result of a more general processing difference. This review discusses problems with the "social deficit" model of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is suggested that superior attention to low-level perceptual information potentially coupled with decreased attention to global information may provide a more comprehensive explanation for atypical social behaviours in ASD. This processing style may reflect increased activation of occipital-temporal regions and reduced functional (and possibly anatomical) connectivity. It is concluded that atypical social behaviours in ASD are more likely to be a consequence reflective of a general processing difference than impairment in social cognition and/or motivation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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