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Time-based prospective memory in children with autism spectrum disorder

Altgassen, M., Williams, T. I. ORCID:, Bolte, S. and Kliegel, M. (2009) Time-based prospective memory in children with autism spectrum disorder. Brain Impairment, 10 (1). pp. 52-58. ISSN 1839-5252

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In this study, for the first time, prospective memory was investigated in 11 school-aged children with autism spectrum disorders and 11 matched neurotypical controls. A computerised time-based prospective memory task was embedded in a visuospatial working memory test and required participants to remember to respond to certain target times. Controls had significantly more correct prospective memory responses than the autism spectrum group. Moreover, controls checked the time more often and increased time-monitoring more steeply as the target times approached. These differences in time-checking may suggest that prospective memory in autism spectrum disorders is affected by reduced self-initiated processing as indicated by reduced task monitoring.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences
ID Code:14182
Uncontrolled Keywords:memory, executive function, self-initiated processes, pervasive, developmental disorders, neuropsychology, executive dysfunction, infantile-autism, amnesic syndrome, deficits, individuals, intact
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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