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    The impact of Autism Spectrum Disorder and alexithymia on judgments of moral acceptability

    Brewer, Rebecca and Marsh, A. and Catmur, C. and Carinale, E. and Stoycos, S. and Cook, Richard and Bird, Geoffrey (2015) The impact of Autism Spectrum Disorder and alexithymia on judgments of moral acceptability. Journal of Abnormal Psychology 124 (3), pp. 589-595. ISSN 0021-843X.

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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 emotion-evoking 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.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: ©American Psychological Association 201x. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. Please do not copy or cite without author's permission. The final article is available, upon publication, at the DOI cited above.
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Dr Richard Cook
    Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2018 14:38
    Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 14:38
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/21309

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