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Delayed self-recognition in children with autism spectrum disorder.

By S.E. Lind and D.M. Bowler


This study aimed to investigate temporally extended self-awareness (awareness of one’s place in and continued existence through time) in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), using the delayed self-recognition (DSR) paradigm (Povinelli et al., Child Development 67:1540–1554, 1996). Relative to age and verbal ability matched comparison children, children with ASD showed unattenuated performance on the DSR task, despite showing significant impairments in theory-of-mind task performance, and a reduced propensity to use personal pronouns to refer to themselves. The results may indicate intact temporally extended self-awareness in ASD. However, it may be that the DSR task is not an unambiguous measure of temporally extended self-awareness and it can be passed through strategies which do not require the possession of a temporally extended self-concept

Topics: Autism spectrum disorder, Metarepresentation, Self-awareness, Self-concept, Self-recognition, Theory-of-mind.
Publisher: Springer
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s10803-008-0670-7
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