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According to the weak central coherence (CC) account individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) experience difficulties integrating parts and wholes. Weak CC was investigated in the verbal domain. Adolescent participants were recruited according to a 2 (ASD status) by 2 (Language Impairment status) design. They completed an aural forced choice comprehension task involving syntactically ambiguous sentences. Half the picture targets depicted the least plausible interpretation. This resulted in longer RTs across all groups, and there was no ASD by plausibility interaction. Therefore, individuals with ASD use context during syntactic comprehension, and are not unusually strong at suppressing context. Profiles were similar for language-impaired participants. In conclusion, weak CC varies as a function of domain (visual versus verbal) and task complexity.
Author(s): Riches NG, Loucas T, Baird G, Charman T, Simonoff E
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Print publication date: 01/01/2016
Online publication date: 30/08/2015
Acceptance date: 11/08/2015
ISSN (print): 0162-3257
ISSN (electronic): 1573-3432
Publisher: Springer New York
PubMed id: 26319252
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