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J Autism Dev Disord. 2011 Jul;41(7):859-69. doi: 10.1007/s10803-010-1106-8.

Local information processing in adults with high functioning autism and asperger syndrome: the usefulness of neuropsychological tests and self-reports.

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GGZ Eindhoven, Boschdijk 771, P.O. Box BD6232, 5626 AB Eindhoven, The Netherlands. aa.spek@ggze.nl

Abstract

Local information processing in 42 adults with high functioning autism, 41 adults with Asperger syndrome and 41 neurotypical adults was examined. Contrary to our expectations, the disorder groups did not outperform the neurotypical group in the neuropsychological measures of local information processing. In line with our hypotheses, the self-reports did show higher levels of local information processing and a stronger tendency to use systemizing strategies in the two disorder groups. Absent and weak correlations were found between the self-reports and the two neuropsychological tasks in the three groups. The neuropsychological tests and the self-reports seem to measure different underlying constructs. The self-reports were most predictive of the presence of an autism spectrum diagnosis.

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20862532
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PMC3115063
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10.1007/s10803-010-1106-8
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