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The Subjective Experience of Music in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Allen, Rory; Hill, Elisabeth L. and Heaton, Pam F.. 2009. The Subjective Experience of Music in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1169(1), pp. 326-331. ISSN 00778923 [Article]

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Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 high-functioning adults on the autism spectrum in order to examine the nature of their personal experiences of music.
The analysis showed that most participants exploit music for a wide range of purposes in the cognitive, emotional and social domains, but the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) group’s descriptions of mood states reflected a greater reliance on internally focused (arousal) rather than externally focused (emotive) language, when compared with studies of typically developing individuals.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number (DOI): 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04772.x
Keywords: music, autism spectrum, arousal
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Psychology
Item ID: 2631
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2010 13:46
Last Modified: 23 May 2016 13:34
URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/2631
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