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Can children with autistic spectrum disorders perceive affect in music? An experimental investigation

Heaton, Pam F.; Hermelin, Beate and Pring, Linda. 1999. Can children with autistic spectrum disorders perceive affect in music? An experimental investigation. Psychological Medicine, pp. 1405-1410. [Article]

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BACKGROUND: Children with autistic spectrum disorders typically show impairments in processing affective information within social and interpersonal domains. It has yet to be established whether such difficulties persist in the area of music; a domain which is characteristically rich in emotional content.

METHODS: Fourteen children with autism and Asperger syndrome and their age and intelligence matched controls were tested for their ability to identify the affective connotations of melodies in the major or minor musical mode. They were required to match musical fragments with schematic representations of happy and sad faces.

RESULTS: The groups did not differ in their ability to ascribe the musical examples to the two affective categories.

CONCLUSIONS: In contrast to their performance within social and interpersonal domains, children with autistic disorders showed no deficits in processing affect in musical stimuli.

Item Type: Article

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
1999Published

Item ID:

5317

Date Deposited:

21 Mar 2011 11:37

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 15:41

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5317
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