Time and memory in autism spectrum disorder

Martin, Jonathan Steven (2010). Time and memory in autism spectrum disorder. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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This thesis explores the relationship between time perception and memory in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The thesis contains two separate papers; a literature review examining working memory in ASD, and a research article investigating temporal reproduction performance in adults with ASD. Memory ability in ASD has been a focus of study for several decades. However, so far, research investigating working memory in ASD has produced inconsistent results. The literature review critically examines the research in this area, drawing together the main findings and considering possible directions for future research. Recent evidence has suggested that atypical memory processes may impact upon time perception in ASD. Until recently, very little research had focused upon time perception ability in people with ASD, despite the fact the clinical accounts of ASD have often reported difficulties relating to the perception and understanding of time. The study reported in the research paper examines the performance of adults with ASD on a time reproduction task. The ASD group were found to make time reproductions that were both less accurate and more variable than a matched comparison group. The possible role of atypical memory processes in their performance is discussed.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/3559


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