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    Exploring different explanations for performance on a theory of mind task in Williams syndrome and Autism using eye movements

    Van Herwegen, J and Smith, Tim J. and Dimitriou, D. (2015) Exploring different explanations for performance on a theory of mind task in Williams syndrome and Autism using eye movements. Research in Developmental Disabilities 45-46 , pp. 202-209. ISSN 0891-4222.

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    Abstract

    The current study explored the looking behaviours of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Williams syndrome (WS), and typically developing (TD) children while they were administered a low-verbal Theory of Mind (ToM) task. Although ToM performance in both clinical groups was impaired, only participants with WS showed small differences in looking behaviour at the start of the video. Furthermore, while TD children who passed the ToM task looked longer at the original hiding place there was no such contrast in the clinical groups. This shows that looking behaviour in ASD and WS is not necessarily atypical when saliency aspects such as language, background, and colour are removed and that differences in looking behaviour cannot explain ToM performance.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Theory of mind, Eye movements, Williams syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Moving Image, Birkbeck Institute for the (BIMI), Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Tim Smith
    Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2015 12:07
    Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 09:43
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/12582

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