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The Impact of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Alexithymia on Judgments of Moral Acceptability

Brewer, R, Marsh, AA, Catmur, C, Cardinale, EM, Stoycos, S, Cook, R and Bird, G (2015) The Impact of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Alexithymia on Judgments of Moral Acceptability JOURNAL OF ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY, 124 (3). pp. 589-595.

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Abstract

One's own emotional response toward a hypothetical action can influence judgments of its moral acceptability. Some individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) exhibit atypical emotional processing, and moral judgments. Research suggests, however, that emotional deficits in ASD are due to co-occurring alexithymia, meaning atypical moral judgments in ASD may be due to alexithymia also. Individuals with and without ASD (matched for alexithymia) judged the moral acceptability of emotionevoking statements and identified the emotion evoked. Moral acceptability judgments were predicted by alexithymia. Crucially, however, this relationship held only for individuals without ASD. While ASD diagnostic status did not directly predict either judgment, those with ASD did not base their moral acceptability judgments on emotional information. Findings are consistent with evidence demonstrating that decision-making is less subject to emotional biases in those with ASD.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Brewer, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Marsh, AAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Catmur, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cardinale, EMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Stoycos, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cook, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bird, GUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 August 2015
Identification Number : 10.1037/abn0000076
Uncontrolled Keywords : Social Sciences, Psychology, Clinical, Psychology, Multidisciplinary, Psychology, alexithymia, morality, autism, emotion identification, empathy, HIGH-FUNCTIONING AUTISM, DECISION-MAKING, ADULTS, EMOTIONS, CHILDREN, MIND, SENSITIVITY, PSYCHOLOGY, COMMUNITY, FEELINGS
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Additional Information : This article has been published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Copyright for this article is retained by the author(s)
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Oct 2015 10:29
Last Modified : 14 Oct 2015 10:29
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/808818

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