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ERIC Number: EJ848049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Revisiting the Strange Stories: Revealing Mentalizing Impairments in Autism
White, Sarah; Hill, Elisabeth; Happe, Francesca; Frith, Uta
Child Development, v80 n4 p1097-1117 Jul-Aug 2009
A test of advanced theory of mind (ToM), first introduced by F. Happe (1994), was adapted for children (mental, human, animal, and nature stories plus unlinked sentences). These materials were closely matched for difficulty and were presented to forty-five 7- to 12-year-olds with autism and 27 control children. Children with autism who showed ToM impairment on independent tests performed significantly more poorly than controls solely on the mental, human, and animal stories with greatest impairment on the former and least on the latter. Thus, a mentalizing deficit may affect understanding of biologic agents even when this does not explicitly require understanding others' mental states.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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