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ERIC Number: EJ858300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Brief Report: Inhibitory Control of Socially Relevant Stimuli in Children with High Functioning Autism
Geurts, Hilde M.; Begeer, Sander; Stockmann, Lex
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v39 n11 p1603-1607 Nov 2009
The current study explored whether inhibitory control deficits in high functioning autism (HFA) emerged when socially relevant stimuli were used and whether arousal level affected the performance. A Go/NoGo paradigm, with socially relevant stimuli and varying presentation rates, was applied in 18 children with HFA (including children with autism or Asperger syndrome) and 22 typically developing children (aged 8-13 years). Children with HFA did not show inhibitory control deficits compared to the control group, but their performance deteriorated in the slow presentation rate condition. Findings were unrelated to children's abilities to recognize emotions. Hence, rather than a core deficit in inhibitory control, low arousal level in response to social stimuli might influence the responses given by children with HFA.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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