ERIC Number: EJ898787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Punishment and Sympathy Judgments: Is the Quality of Mercy Strained in Asperger's Syndrome?
Channon, Shelley; Fitzpatrick, Sian; Drury, Helena; Taylor, Isabelle; Lagnado, David
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v40 n10 p1219-1226 Oct 2010
This study examined reasoning about wrongdoing in people with Asperger's syndrome (AS) and matched healthy controls in relation to car accident scenarios. The two groups made similar judgments with respect to degree of driver negligence for both fines imposed and sympathy ratings. They also made similar judgments of fines in relation to the type of justification given for the drivers' actions. However, the AS group differentiated more in sympathy judgments relating to good and poor justifications. The AS group thus appeared to show preserved judgment with respect to compensation and sympathy for the victim and fines for the driver, but expressed less sympathy towards drivers with poor justifications for their actions.
Descriptors: Accidents, Asperger Syndrome, Fees, Punishment, Legal Responsibility, Victims of Crime, Psychological Patterns, Caring, Affective Behavior
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