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Residual Difficulties with Categorical Induction in Children with a History of Autism.
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PMID:  23321802     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In two experiments, typically developing (TD) children, high-functioning children with autism (HFA) and children with a history of autism who have achieved optimal outcomes (OOs), matched on age (M = 13 years) and nonverbal IQ, were asked to extend properties of categories to new items (categorical induction). All groups demonstrated some knowledge of category structure by extending at above-chance levels; however, the TD group extended more consistently than the OO and HFA groups. More consistent extenders had higher lexical and nonverbal IQ scores (Experiment 1) or higher pragmatics scores (Experiment 2). Thus, even very high functioning individuals with autism, or with an OO, still exhibit residual difficulties with category knowledge and extension; moreover, category tasks relate to a variety of verbal and nonverbal abilities. The difficulty these groups had with categorical induction may be related to their difficulty with generalization more widely; future research should investigate this possibility.
Letitia R Naigles; Elizabeth Kelley; Eva Troyb; Deborah Fein
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-16
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Title:  Journal of autism and developmental disorders     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-3432     ISO Abbreviation:  J Autism Dev Disord     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7904301     Medline TA:  J Autism Dev Disord     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut, 406 Babbidge Road U-1020, Storrs, CT, 06269-1020, USA,
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