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Components of person perception: An investigation with autistic, non-autistic retarded and typically developing children and adolescents

Moore, DG, Hobson, RP and Lee, A (1997) Components of person perception: An investigation with autistic, non-autistic retarded and typically developing children and adolescents British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 15 (4). pp. 401-423.

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Abstract

This study is an attempt to analyse whether there may be separable components to the human ability to perceive people as people who engage in actions and who have attitudes. We adopted the approach of developmental psychopathology. Matched groups of typically developing, autistic and non-autistic retarded (MR) children and adolescents were tested for the ability to recognize videotaped representations of 'a person', a persons actions and a person's emotion-related attitudes and allied subjective states as manifest in moving point-light images of people. Autistic and non-autistic MR participants d d not differ in the ability to recognize that a person was represented in very brief exposures of a walking point-light display; autistic, MR and typically developing participants were equally able to recognize a person's actions. Non-autistic MR and typically developing participants were also similar in their propensity to notice a person's attitudes vis-à-vis the person's actions, and in their abilities to recognize actions and attitudes when specifically asked to do so. By comparison, however, autistic participants were specifically impaired in attending to and discriminating people's attitudes and states. The results are discussed in relation to current debates on the nature of basic person-perceptual abilities that may underpin typically developing children's understanding of persons with minds ('theory of mind'). We also consider their relevance for controversies over the primary deficits in autism.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Moore, DGd.g.moore@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Hobson, RPUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lee, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 December 1997
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:31
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:50
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/828113

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