Simple mindreading abilities predict complex theory of mind: developmental delay in autism spectrum disorders

Pino, Maria Chiara, Mazza, Monica, Mariano, Melania, Peretti, Sara, Dimitriou, Dagmara, Masedu, Francesco, Valenti, Marco and Franco, Fabia (2017) Simple mindreading abilities predict complex theory of mind: developmental delay in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47 (9). pp. 2743-2756. ISSN 0162-3257

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Abstract

Theory of Mind (ToM) is impaired in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The aims of this study were to: i) examine the developmental trajectories of ToM abilities in two different mentalizing tasks in children with ASD compared to TD children; and ii) to assess if a ToM simple test known as Eyes-test could predict performance on the more advanced ToM task, i.e. Comic Strip test. Based on a sample of 37 children with ASD and 55 TD children, our results revealed slower development at varying rates in all ToM measures in children with ASD, with delayed onset compared to TD children. These results could stimulate new treatments for social abilities, which would lessen the social deficit in ASD.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 21994
Notes on copyright: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-017-3194-1
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Depositing User: Fabia Franco
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 08:39
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2019 06:05
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21994

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