Assessing Recollection and Familiarity in Low Functioning Autism
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Methods to assess recollection and familiarity separately in autism spectrum disorder were recently developed and piloted (Bigham et al. in J Autism Dev Disord 40:878–889, 2010). The preliminary data obtained via these methods showed that whereas recollection was mildly impaired in high functioning autism, familiarity was spared. The current study set out to replicate the methods of assessment for recollection and familiarity devised by Bigham and her colleagues with individuals diagnosed with low functioning autism (LFA). Three critical modifications to the original paradigms were made within the current study. The modifications and implications of the findings for individuals with LFA will be discussed.
KeywordsRecollection Familiarity High functioning autism Low functioning autism
I wish to acknowledge the children, parents and schools who helped make this project feasible. I wish to acknowledge grateful and sincere thanks to Dr Jean Quigley for her endless support and assistance, and the advice and comments of Professor Jill Boucher on two drafts of this paper. This paper was a replication of studies devised and developed by Sally Bigham, Jill Boucher, Andrew Mayes and Sophie Anns, and I need to thank Professor Boucher for her kind permission to do so. This paper is in partial preparation for my PhD at Trinity College Dublin and is part funded by a Higher Education Grant from Carlow County Council, 2009–2013.
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