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Sensitivity to Social Agency in Autistic Adults.

Morgan, Emma J and Foulsham, Tom and Freeth, Megan (2021) 'Sensitivity to Social Agency in Autistic Adults.' Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 51 (9). pp. 3245-3255. ISSN 0162-3257

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Abstract

The presence of other people, whether real or implied, can have a profound impact on our behaviour. However, it is argued that autistic individuals show decreased interest in social phenomena, which leads to an absence of these effects. In this study, the agency of a cue was manipulated such that the cue was either described as representing a computer program or the eye movements of another participant. Both neurotypical and autistic participants demonstrated a social facilitation effect and were significantly more accurate on a prediction task when they believed the cue represented another participant. This demonstrates that whilst autistic adults may show difficulties in interpreting social behaviour this does not necessarily arise from a lack of sensitivity to social agency.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Eye Movements; Social Behavior; Autistic Disorder; Adult; Autism Spectrum Disorder
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2021 13:17
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2022 09:57
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31736

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