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The Effects of Autism and Alexithymia on Physiological and Verbal Responsiveness to Music

Allen, Rory; Davis, Robert and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2012. The Effects of Autism and Alexithymia on Physiological and Verbal Responsiveness to Music. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders(43), pp. 432-444. ISSN 0162-3257 [Article]

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It has been suggested that individuals with autism will be less responsive to the emotional content of music than typical individuals. With the aim of testing this hypothesis, a group of high-functioning adults on the autism spectrum was compared with a group of matched controls on two measures of emotional responsiveness to music, comprising physiological and verbal measures. Impairment in participants ability to verbalize their emotions (type-II alexithymia) was also assessed. The groups did not differ significantly on physiological responsiveness, but the autism group was significantly lower on the verbal measure. However, inclusion of the alexithymia score as a mediator variable nullified this group difference, suggesting that the difference was due not to absence of underlying emotional responsiveness to music in autism, but to a reduced ability to articulate it.

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autism; music; alexithymia; emotion

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1 July 2012Published Online
1 April 2012Accepted

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27 Sep 2012 12:08

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30 Jun 2017 15:46

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/7177
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