Do Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders Understand Pantomimic Events?

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dc.contributor.author Adornetti, Ines
dc.contributor.author Ferretti, Francesco
dc.contributor.author Chiera, Alessandra
dc.contributor.author Wacewicz, Sławomir
dc.contributor.author Żywiczyński, Przemysław
dc.contributor.author Deriu, Valentina
dc.contributor.author Marini, Andrea
dc.contributor.author Magni, Rita
dc.contributor.author Casula, Laura
dc.contributor.author Vicari, Stefano
dc.contributor.author Valeri, Giovanni
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-24T12:44:35Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-24T12:44:35Z
dc.date.issued 2019-06-18
dc.identifier.citation Frontiers in Psychology vol.10, June 2019, Article 1382, pp.1-11.
dc.identifier.issn 1664-1078
dc.identifier.other 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01382
dc.identifier.uri http://repozytorium.umk.pl/handle/item/5903
dc.description SW was supported by grant DEC-2017/01/X/HS2/01722 from the National Science Centre, Poland.
dc.description.abstract Impairments of motor representation of actions have been reported as a core component of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Individuals with ASD have difficulties in a number of functions such as assuming anticipatory postures, imitating body movements, producing and understanding gestures, and recognizing motor intentions. Such cognitive-motor abilities are all involved in pantomime. However, the available evidence on the production and comprehension of pantomime in individuals with ASD is still inconclusive. The current investigation assessed pantomime comprehension in 40 children with high-functioning ASD and 40 children with typical development balanced for age, IQ, level of formal education, and cognitive profile. The participants were asked to watch video recordings of pantomimes representing simple transitive events enacted by actors and match them to the corresponding pictorial representations. Such pantomimes were delivered in two conditions with different levels of information content (i.e., lean or rich). The two groups of children performed similarly on these tasks. Nonetheless, children with ASD who were administered the pantomimes in the lean condition performed worse than participants who were administered the informatively richer pantomimes. The methodological implications for interpretation of previous findings and future studies are discussed.
dc.description.sponsorship Polish National Science Centre
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Frontiers
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject comprehension of actions
dc.subject autism
dc.subject gesture
dc.subject mirror neurons
dc.subject motor representation
dc.subject pantomime
dc.title Do Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders Understand Pantomimic Events?
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

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