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ERIC Number: EJ917928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Brief Report: Significant Differences in Perceived Odor Pleasantness Found in Children with ASD
Hrdlicka, Michal; Vodicka, Jan; Havlovicova, Marketa; Urbanek, Tomas; Blatny, Marek; Dudova, Iva
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v41 n4 p524-527 Apr 2011
The aim of our study was to explore possible differences in estimation of odor pleasantness in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) compared to controls. Thirty-five patients with Asperger's syndrome and high functioning autism (mean age 10.8 [plus or minus] 3.6 years; 31 boys) were compared with 35 healthy control subjects (mean age 10.4 [plus or minus] 2.4 years; 28 boys). Odor pleasantness was assessed on a 5-point scale using the Sniffin' Sticks test (Identification part of the test). Patients with ASD, compared to healthy controls, perceived the smell of cinnamon and pineapple as significantly less pleasant (p less than 0.05); at the trend level, the same was true of cloves (p less than 0.1). The possibility of olfactory dysfunctions as an autism biomarker is discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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