Autobiographical memory and social problem-solving in Asperger Syndrome

L Goddard, P Howlin, Barbara Dritschel, T Patel

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Abstract

Difficulties in social interaction are a central feature of Asperger syndrome. Effective social interaction involves the ability to solve interpersonal problems as and when they occur. Here we examined social problem-solving in a group of adults with Asperger syndrome and control group matched for age, gender and IQ. We also assessed autobiographical memory, on a cueing task and during social problem-solving, and examined the relationship between access to specific past experiences and social problem-solving ability. Results demonstrated a social problem-solving impairment in the Asperger group. Their solutions were less detailed, less effective and less extended in time. Autobiographical memory performance was also impaired with significantly longer latencies to retrieve specific memories and fewer specific memories retrieved in comparison to controls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-300
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007

Keywords

  • autobiographical memory
  • social problem-solving
  • Asperger syndrome
  • EPISODIC MEMORY
  • AUTISM
  • DEPRESSION
  • SELF
  • CONSCIOUSNESS
  • COMMUNICATION
  • DISORDER
  • AMNESIA
  • TIME
  • MIND

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