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Psychophysiological responsiveness to the distress of others in children with autism

Blair, R.J.R.; (1999) Psychophysiological responsiveness to the distress of others in children with autism. Personality and Individual Differences , 26 (3) pp.477 - 485 . 10.1016/S0191-8869(98)00154-8.

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Abstract

This study investigates the psychophysiological responsiveness of children with autismand comparison groups to distress cues, threatening and neutral stimuli. 20 children with autism,20 children with moderate learning difficulty and 20 normal developing children were shownslides of these three types of stimuli and their electrodermal responses were recorded. Thechildren with autism showed appropriate electrodermal responses to the distress cues. However,and surprisingly, the children with autism were hyporesponsive to the threatening stimuli. The results are interpreted with reference to the violence inhibition mechanism model.

Type:Article
Title:Psychophysiological responsiveness to the distress of others in children with autism
DOI:10.1016/S0191-8869(98)00154-8
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/S0191-8869(98)00154-8
Language:English
Keywords: autism, empathy, distress
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

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