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`Hath charms to soothe . . .': An exploratory study of how high-functioning adults with ASD experience music

By Rory Allen, Elisabeth L. Hill and Pam F. Heaton


Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 highfunctioning adults on the autism spectrum, in order to examine the nature of their personal experiences of music. Consistent with the literature on typically developing people’s engagement with music, the\ud analysis showed that most participants exploit music for a wide range of purposes in the cognitive, emotional and social domains, including mood management, personal development and social inclusion. However, in contrast to typically developing people, the ASD group’s descriptions\ud of mood states reflected a greater reliance on internally focused (arousal) rather than externally focused (emotive) language

Topics: C850, C840, C800
Year: 2009
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