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Reputation Management in Children on the Autism Spectrum

Cage, E; Bird, G; Pellicano, E; (2016) Reputation Management in Children on the Autism Spectrum. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders , 46 (12) pp. 3798-3811. 10.1007/s10803-016-2923-1. Green open access

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Being able to manage reputation is an important social skill, but it is unclear whether autistic children can manage reputation. This study investigated whether 33 autistic children matched to 33 typical children could implicitly or explicitly manage reputation. Further, we examined whether cognitive processes—theory of mind, social motivation, inhibitory control and reciprocity—contribute to reputation management. Results showed that neither group implicitly managed reputation, and there was no group difference in explicit reputation management. Results suggested different mechanisms contribute to reputation management in these groups—social motivation in typical children and reciprocity in autistic children. Explicit reputation management is achievable for autistic children, and there are individual differences in its relationship to underlying cognitive processes.

Type: Article
Title: Reputation Management in Children on the Autism Spectrum
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2923-1
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-016-2923-1
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2016 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Autism, Reputation management, Theory of mind, Social motivation, Inhibitory control, Reciprocity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1557701
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