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`Hath charms to soothe . . .': An exploratory study of how high-functioning adults with ASD experience music

Allen, Rory; Hill, Elisabeth L. and Heaton, Pam F.. 2009. `Hath charms to soothe . . .': An exploratory study of how high-functioning adults with ASD experience music. Autism, 13(1), pp. 21-41. ISSN 1362-3613 [Article]

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Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 highfunctioning adults on the autism spectrum, in order to examine the nature of their personal experiences of music. Consistent with the literature on typically developing people’s engagement with music, the
analysis showed that most participants exploit music for a wide range of purposes in the cognitive, emotional and social domains, including mood management, personal development and social inclusion. However, in contrast to typically developing people, the ASD group’s descriptions
of mood states reflected a greater reliance on internally focused (arousal) rather than externally focused (emotive) language.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number (DOI): 10.1177/1362361307098511
Keywords: high functioning autism, mood, music
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Psychology
Item ID: 2618
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2010 14:06
Last Modified: 23 May 2016 13:34
URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/2618

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