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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 3/2019

Social Conformity in Autism

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders > Uitgave 3/2019
Stephanie C. Lazzaro, Laura Weidinger, Rose A. Cooper, Simon Baron-Cohen, Christina Moutsiana, Tali Sharot
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Stephanie C. Lazzaro and Laura Weidinger contributed equally to this article.


Humans are extremely susceptible to social influence. Here, we examine whether this susceptibility is altered in autism, a condition characterized by social difficulties. Autistic participants (N = 22) and neurotypical controls (N = 22) completed a memory test of previously seen words and were then exposed to answers supposedly given by four other individuals. Autistic individuals and controls were as likely to alter their judgements to align with inaccurate responses of group members. These changes reflected both temporary judgement changes (public conformity) and long-lasting memory changes (private conformity). Both groups were more susceptible to answers believed to be from other humans than from computer algorithms. Our results suggest that autistic individuals and controls are equally susceptible to social influence when reporting their memories.

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