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ERIC Number: EJ900658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
Theory of "Own" Mind in Autism: Evidence of a Specific Deficit in Self-Awareness?
Williams, David
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v14 n5 p474-494 Sep 2010
Assuming that self-awareness is not a unitary phenomenon, and that one can be aware of different aspects of self at any one time, it follows that selective impairments in self-awareness can occur. This article explores the idea that autism involves a particular deficit in awareness of the "psychological self", or "theory of "own" mind". This hypothesised deficit renders individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at least as impaired at recognising their own mental states as at recognising mental states in other people. This deficit, it is argued, stands in contrast to an apparently typical awareness of the "physical self" amongst people with autism. Theoretical implications of the empirical evidence are discussed. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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