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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 3/2017

09-01-2017 | Original Paper

Understanding Behavioural Rigidity in Autism Spectrum Conditions: The Role of Intentional Control

Auteurs: Edita Poljac, Vincent Hoofs, Myrthe M. Princen, Ervin Poljac

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 3/2017

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Abstract

Although behavioural rigidity belongs to the core symptoms of autism spectrum conditions, little is known about its underlying cognitive mechanisms. The current study investigated the role of intentional control mechanisms in behavioural rigidity in autism. Autistic individuals and their matched controls were instructed to repeatedly choose between two simple cognitive tasks and to respond accordingly to the subsequently presented stimulus. Results showed that autistic participants chose to repeat tasks more often than their controls and when choosing to switch, they demonstrated larger performance costs. These findings illustrate that when required to make their own choices, autistic people demonstrate rigidity at different performance levels, suggesting that intentional control mechanisms might be important for a better understanding of behavioural rigidity in autism.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Understanding Behavioural Rigidity in Autism Spectrum Conditions: The Role of Intentional Control
Auteurs
Edita Poljac
Vincent Hoofs
Myrthe M. Princen
Ervin Poljac
Publicatiedatum
09-01-2017
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 3/2017
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-016-3010-3

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