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Temporal cognition in children with autistic spectrum disorders : tests of diachronic perspective taking.

Boucher, J. and Pons, F. and Lind, S. and Williams, D. (2007) 'Temporal cognition in children with autistic spectrum disorders : tests of diachronic perspective taking.', Journal of autism and developmental disorders., 37 (8). pp. 1413-1429.


Impaired diachronic thinking—(the propensity and capacity to think about events spreading across time)—was demonstrated in a 2-Phase study in which children with autism were compared with age and ability matched controls. Identical tests of diachronic thinking were administered in both phases of the study, but to different participant groups, with the same results. The marked impairments shown are therefore robust. Various non-temporal explanations of the findings were eliminated by the results of control tasks in Phase 2. Diachronic thinking did not correlate with verbal or non-verbal ability, age, or mentalising ability, consistent with other evidence of the specificity of diachronic thinking ability. Possible causes of impaired diachronic thinking in autism are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Autism, Temporal cognition, Episodic memory, Neural binding, Metarepresentation.
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