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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2/2013

01-02-2013 | Original Paper

The Effects of Autism and Alexithymia on Physiological and Verbal Responsiveness to Music

Auteurs: Rory Allen, Rob Davis, Elisabeth Hill

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 2/2013

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Abstract

It has been suggested that individuals with autism will be less responsive to the emotional content of music than typical individuals. With the aim of testing this hypothesis, a group of high-functioning adults on the autism spectrum was compared with a group of matched controls on two measures of emotional responsiveness to music, comprising physiological and verbal measures. Impairment in participants ability to verbalize their emotions (type-II alexithymia) was also assessed. The groups did not differ significantly on physiological responsiveness, but the autism group was significantly lower on the verbal measure. However, inclusion of the alexithymia score as a mediator variable nullified this group difference, suggesting that the difference was due not to absence of underlying emotional responsiveness to music in autism, but to a reduced ability to articulate it.
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Metagegevens
Titel
The Effects of Autism and Alexithymia on Physiological and Verbal Responsiveness to Music
Auteurs
Rory Allen
Rob Davis
Elisabeth Hill
Publicatiedatum
01-02-2013
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 2/2013
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-012-1587-8