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Brief report: a comparison of the preference for viewing social and non-social movies in typical and autistic adolescents

Dubey, I., Ropar, D. and Hamilton, A. (2017) Brief report: a comparison of the preference for viewing social and non-social movies in typical and autistic adolescents. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47 (2). pp. 514-519. ISSN 0162-3257

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2974-3

Abstract/Summary

The recently proposed Social Motivation theory (Chevallier et al., Trends in cognitive sciences 16(4):231–239, 2012) suggests that social difficulties in Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) might be caused by a difference in the motivation to engage with other people. Here we compared adolescents with (N = 31) and without (N = 37) ASC on the Choose-a-Movie paradigm that measures the social seeking. The results showed a preference for viewing objects over smiling faces in ASC, which is in line with the theory of low social motivation. However, typical adolescents did not show any stimuli preferences, raising questions about developmental changes in social motivation. Age was found to play a significant role in moderating the choice behaviour of the participants. We discuss the implications of these findings in detail.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) Research Network
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:70884
Publisher:Springer

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