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01-07-2009 | original paper | Uitgave 7/2009

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 7/2009

Illusory Memories of Emotionally Charged Words in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Further Evidence for Atypical Emotion Processing Outside the Social Domain

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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders > Uitgave 7/2009
Auteurs:
Sebastian B. Gaigg, Dermot M. Bowler
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The work reported in this paper was in part supported by a grant from the Wellcome Trust. An earlier report of the work was presented at the 6th International Meeting for Autism Research, Seattle, May 2007.

Abstract

Recent evidence suggests that individuals with ASD may not accumulate distinct representations of emotional information throughout development. On the basis of this observation we predicted that such individuals would not be any less likely to falsely remember emotionally significant as compared to neutral words when such illusory memories are induced by asking participants to study lists of words that are orthographically associated to these words. Our findings showed that typical participants are far less likely to experience illusory memories of emotionally charged as compared to neutral words. Individuals with ASD, on the other hand, did not exhibit this emotional modulation of false memories. We discuss this finding in relation to the role of emotional processing atypicalities in ASD.

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