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Engaging with the self: Mirror behaviour in autism, Down syndrome and typical development

Reddy, V, Williams, EI, Costantini, C and Lang, B (2010) Engaging with the self: Mirror behaviour in autism, Down syndrome and typical development Autism, 14 (5). pp. 531-546.

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Abstract

Children with autism achieve mirror self-recognition appropriate to developmental age, but are nonetheless reported to have problems in other aspects of a sense of self. We observed behaviour in the mirror in 12 pre-school children with autism, 13 pre-school children with Down syndrome (DS) and 13 typically developing (TD) toddlers. Reliable differences in reflecting actions, social relatedness and positive affect towards themselves, and an absence of coy smiles differentiated the children with autism from the others. The children with DS showed the highest interest in their own faces. These differences were largely independent of mirror self-recognition (MSR), broadly supporting arguments for dissociation between interpersonal and conceptual aspects of self. Mirror behaviour may be a subtle but easily elicited measure of the social quality of a sense of self.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Reddy, VUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Williams, EIUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Costantini, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lang, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 14 September 2010
Identification Number : 10.1177/1362361310370397
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Reddy V, Williams EI, Costantini C, Lang B (2010). Engaging with the self: Mirror behaviour in autism, Down syndrome and typical development. Autism 14(5):531-546 Available online at: http://aut.sagepub.com/content/14/5.toc
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 23 Jan 2013 12:12
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 19:31
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/664239

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