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Temporal cognition in children with autism: Tests of diachronic thinking.

Boucher, Jill, Pons, Francisco, Lind, Sophie E., Williams, David M. (2006) Temporal cognition in children with autism: Tests of diachronic thinking. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37 (8). pp. 1413-1429. ISSN 0162-3257. E-ISSN 1573-3432. (doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0285-9) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)


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
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10803-006-0285-9
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Depositing User: David Williams
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 12:01 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:25 UTC
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