Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 109-116

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Rapid automatized naming as an index of genetic liability to autism

  • Molly LoshAffiliated withDepartment of Allied Health Sciences, University of North Carolina Email author 
  • , Denise EssermanAffiliated withDepartment of Medicine, University of North Carolina
  • , Joseph PivenAffiliated withCarolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, University of North Carolina


This study investigated rapid automatized naming (RAN) ability in high functioning individuals with autism and parents of individuals with autism. Findings revealed parallel patterns of performance in parents and individuals with autism, where both groups had longer naming times than controls. Significant parent-child correlations were also detected, along with associations with language and personality features of the broad autism phenotype (retrospective reports of early language delay, socially reticent personality). Together, findings point towards RAN as a potential marker of genetic liability to autism.


Autism Rapid automatized naming Endophenotype Broad autism phenotype