Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning

2012 Edition
| Editors: Norbert M. Seel

Intact Implicit Learning in Autism

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_1686



Intact implicit learning in autism refers to the assertion that individuals with autism perform equivalently to individuals without autism on a range of implicit learning tasks.

Theoretical Background

Implicit learning is popularly defined as learning that proceeds unconsciously, although this conception is strongly contested. There is better evidence and consensus for another definition: Learning is implicit when the learner is not primarily engaged in trying to learn, and is consequently unable to report verbally on how or what was learnt. Such learning is believed to be one important mechanism for acquiring social, communicative, and motor skills. Since autism is characterized by social, communicative, and motor impairment, several researchers have theorized that there may be a general implicit learning deficit in autism (e.g., Klinger et al. 2007; Mostofsky et al. 2000). In order to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Experimental PsychologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK