Social Interactions in Autism​

Cognitive Empathy, Egocentricity and Social Pain

  • Helena Hartmann

Part of the BestMasters book series (BEST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  7. Back Matter
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About this book


Helena Hartmann examines the crucial concepts of cognitive empathy, emotional egocentricity and social pain of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She thereby provides valuable insights into the investigation of social cognition of both the neurotypical as well as autistic population. Since past research has revealed that individuals with ASD often face problems regarding cognitive empathy, they might also exhibit more difficulties in correctly classifying and distinguishing feelings of themselves and other people. In order to verify this hypothesis, one group with and one without ASD underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging while playing Cyberball, a virtual ball-toss game known to create feelings of social inclusion or exclusion. These findings should not only expand former research but also contribute to a better understanding of the social and emotional impairments of this group.

  • Self-Other-Distinction and Emotional Egocentricity
  • Empathy for Physical and Social Pain
  • Cyberostracism and Egocentricity in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Limitations of Past Research
  • Knowledge about the Neural Bases of Empathy and Egocentricity
Target Groups
Students and scientists in clinical psychology, biological psychology and neuroscience

The Author
Helena Hartmann is currently a PhD student at the Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Unit at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Vienna.


Emotional Egocentricity in Autism Empathy Self-Other Distinction Neuroimaging fMRI Ostracism Cyberball Social Pain Autism Spectrum Disorder Asperger Syndrome functional magnetic resonance imaging ASD

Authors and affiliations

  • Helena Hartmann
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  1. 1.Institut für Psychologische Grundlagenforschung und ForschungsmethodenUniversität WienWienAustria

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