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Understanding of mental states in later childhood: an investigation of theory of mind in autism spectrum disorder and typical development with a novel task

Philpott, April L., Rinehart, Nicole J., Gray, Kylie M., Howlin, Pat and Cornish, Kim 2013, Understanding of mental states in later childhood: an investigation of theory of mind in autism spectrum disorder and typical development with a novel task, International journal of developmental disabilities, vol. 59, no. 2, pp. 108-117, doi: 10.1179/2047387713Y.0000000015.

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Title Understanding of mental states in later childhood: an investigation of theory of mind in autism spectrum disorder and typical development with a novel task
Author(s) Philpott, April L.
Rinehart, Nicole J.ORCID iD for Rinehart, Nicole J. orcid.org/0000-0001-6109-3958
Gray, Kylie M.
Howlin, Pat
Cornish, Kim
Journal name International journal of developmental disabilities
Volume number 59
Issue number 2
Start page 108
End page 117
Total pages 10
Publisher Maney Publishing
Place of publication Leeds, England
Publication date 2013-07
ISSN 2047-3877
2047-3869
Keyword(s) theory of mind (ToM)
autism spectrum disorder
late childhood
emotion understanding
belief understanding
intention understanding
Summary The developmental trajectories of Theory of Mind (ToM) in later childhood and into adolescence have not been thoroughly investigated, partly due to a lack of sensitive paradigms that can chart development in typical populations or in individuals with a core deficit in ToM, such as those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The present study assessed understanding of emotions, beliefs, and intentions using both an established ToM task (Baron‐Cohen et al., 2001) and the more recently developed Comic Strip Task (CST; Cornish et al., 2010). Participants comprised 12 typically-developing (TD) children (mean age: 12·0 years, range: 9·9‐14·8 years) and 12 high-functioning children with ASD (mean age: 11·0 years, range: 9·1‐13·6 years). Results indicated that the ASD group were not impaired on any of the ToM tasks relative to TD children. It was concluded that although children with high-functioning ASD appear to develop basic ToM skills, they do not generalize these to naturalistic situations. The comic-strip paradigm is suggested as a promising way to approach the measurement of ToM across childhood in typical children and those with ASD.
Language eng
DOI 10.1179/2047387713Y.0000000015
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Maney Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30056553

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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