The Awkward Moments Test: A naturalistic measure of social understanding in autism

Citation
L. Heavey et al., The Awkward Moments Test: A naturalistic measure of social understanding in autism, J AUTISM D, 30(3), 2000, pp. 225-236
Citations number
41
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS
ISSN journal
0162-3257 → ACNP
Volume
30
Issue
3
Year of publication
2000
Pages
225 - 236
Database
ISI
SICI code
0162-3257(200006)30:3<225:TAMTAN>2.0.ZU;2-L
Abstract
Details are given of a new advanced theory of mind task, developed to appro ximate che demands of real-life mentalizing in able individuals with autism . Excerpts of films showing characters in social situations were presented. with participants required to answer questions on characters' mental state s and on control, nonsocial questions. When compared with control participa nts, adults with high-functioning autism and Asperger syndrome were most im paired in their ability to answer the questions requiring mind-reading abil ity. Although the present findings have implications for task modification, such naturalistic, dynamic stimuli are held to offer an important means of studying subtle difficulties in mentalistic understanding.