Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 63–73 | Cite as

Weak Central Coherence and Its Relations to Theory of Mind and Anxiety in Autism

  • Courtney P. Burnette
  • Peter C. Mundy
  • Jessica A. Meyer
  • Steven K. Sutton
  • Amy E. Vaughan
  • David Charak


Recent theory and research suggests that weak central coherence, a specific perceptual-cognitive style, underlies the central disturbance in autism. This study sought to provide a test of the weak central coherence hypothesis. In addition, this study explored the relations between the weak central coherence hypothesis, theory of mind skills, and social-emotional functioning in a group of high functioning children with autism. Results revealed equivocal support for the weak central coherence hypothesis, but found moderate correlations between verbal weak central coherence and theory of mind measures. No significant findings were observed between weak central coherence measures and social-emotional functioning.


weak central coherence anxiety theory of mind high functioning autism comorbidity social-emotional functioning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Courtney P. Burnette
    • 1
    • 3
  • Peter C. Mundy
    • 1
  • Jessica A. Meyer
    • 2
  • Steven K. Sutton
    • 1
  • Amy E. Vaughan
    • 1
  • David Charak
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  2. 2.Tavistock ClinicUniversity College of LondonUK
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MiamiUSA

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