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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2/2008

01-02-2008 | Original Paper

Is the Linguistic Content of Speech Less Salient than its Perceptual Features in Autism?

Auteurs: Anna Järvinen-Pasley, John Pasley, Pamela Heaton

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 2/2008

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Abstract

Open-ended tasks are rarely used to investigate cognition in autism. No known studies have directly examined whether increased attention to the perceptual level of speech in autism might contribute to a reduced tendency to process language meaningfully. The present study investigated linguistic versus perceptual speech processing preferences. Children with autism and controls were tested on a quasi-open-format paradigm, in which speech stimuli contained competing linguistic and perceptual information, and could be processed at either level. Relative to controls, children with autism exhibited superior perceptual processing of speech. However, whilst their tendency to preferentially process linguistic rather than perceptual information was weaker than that of controls, it was nevertheless their primary processing mode. Implications for language acquisition in autism are discussed.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Is the Linguistic Content of Speech Less Salient than its Perceptual Features in Autism?
Auteurs
Anna Järvinen-Pasley
John Pasley
Pamela Heaton
Publicatiedatum
01-02-2008
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 2/2008
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-007-0386-0