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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2/2017

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 > Uitgave 2/2017
Indu Dubey, Danielle Ropar, Antonia F. de C. Hamilton
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1007/​s10803-016-2974-3) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
Part of this data was presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research-IMFAR (2015), and is submitted as the part of thesis of the first author Indu Dubey.


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.

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