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Sub-threshold autism traits: The role of trait emotional intelligence and cognitive flexibility.

Gökçen, E; Petrides, KV; Hudry, K; Frederickson, N; Smillie, LD; (2014) Sub-threshold autism traits: The role of trait emotional intelligence and cognitive flexibility. Br J Psychol , 105 (2) 187 - 199. 10.1111/bjop.12033. Green open access

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Abstract

Theory and research suggests that features of autism are not restricted to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), and that autism-like traits vary throughout the general population at lower severities. The present research first investigated the relationship of autism traits with trait emotional intelligence and empathy in a sample of 163 adults aged between 18 and 51 years (44% male). It then examined performance on a set of tasks assessing social cognition and cognitive flexibility in 69 participants with either high or low scores on ASD traits. Results confirm that there is pronounced variation within the general population relating to ASD traits, which reflect similar (though less severe) social-cognitive and emotional features to those observed in ASDs.

Type: Article
Title: Sub-threshold autism traits: The role of trait emotional intelligence and cognitive flexibility.
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/bjop.12033
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12033
Language: English
Additional information: © 2014 The Authors. British Journal of Psychology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of the British Psychological Society This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1430104
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