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Weak central coherence: a cross-domain phenomenon specific to autism?

Hoy, J A and Hatton, C and Hare, D (2004) Weak central coherence: a cross-domain phenomenon specific to autism? Autism, 8 (3). pp. 267-281. ISSN 1461-7005

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Abstract

This study investigated whether evidence for the weak central coherence theory could be specifically associated with a group of children with autism compared with normally developing children (n = 17 per group). Two tasks were employed, one involving visual illusions and the other verbal homophones. Both were based on tasks used in previous central coherence research. Incorporation of tasks involving the use of different domains (verbal versus visual) also enabled the investigation of claims that weak central coherence is a cross-domain processing style or deficit. The autistic group were found to be no different to the control group in performance on the visual illusions task. The autistic group made more errors than the normally developing group on the rare condition of the homophone task. However, analysis suggests this difference is mediated by verbal ability level and not diagnostic status per se. Theoretical implications and alternative explanations are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Autism
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asperger syndrome ; autism ; central coherence theory ; INDIVIDUALS ; PERFORMANCE ; ILLUSIONS
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 51760
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 04 Dec 2011 16:43
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:54
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/51760

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