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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 9/2018

11-04-2018 | Original Paper

The Feeling of Me Feeling for You: Interoception, Alexithymia and Empathy in Autism

Auteurs: Cari-lène Mul, Steven D. Stagg, Bruno Herbelin, Jane E. Aspell

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 9/2018

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Abstract

Following recent evidence for a link between interoception, emotion and empathy, we investigated relationships between these factors in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 26 adults with ASD and 26 healthy participants completed tasks measuring interoception, alexithymia and empathy. ASD participants with alexithymia demonstrated lower cognitive and affective empathy than ASD participants without alexithymia. ASD participants showed reduced interoceptive sensitivity (IS), and also reduced interoceptive awareness (IA). IA was correlated with empathy and alexithymia, but IS was related to neither. Alexithymia fulfilled a mediating role between IA and empathy. Our findings are suggestive of an alexithymic subgroup in ASD, with distinct interoceptive processing abilities, and have implications for diagnosis and interventions.
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Metagegevens
Titel
The Feeling of Me Feeling for You: Interoception, Alexithymia and Empathy in Autism
Auteurs
Cari-lène Mul
Steven D. Stagg
Bruno Herbelin
Jane E. Aspell
Publicatiedatum
11-04-2018
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 9/2018
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3564-3