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Color Obsessions and Phobias in Autism Spectrum Disorders: the Case of J.G.

Ludlow, A.; Heaton, Pam F.; Hill, Elisabeth L. and Franklin, A.. 2014. Color Obsessions and Phobias in Autism Spectrum Disorders: the Case of J.G. Neurocase, 20(3), pp. 296-306. ISSN 1355-4794 [Article]

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The current study is the first investigation of color ‘obsessions’ and ‘phobias’ in ASD. We investigate the color perception and cognition of J.G., a boy with ASD who has a strong obsession with blue, and a strong phobia of other colors. J.G.’s performance on a series of color tasks (color-entity association; chromatic discrimination; color classification) is compared to 13 children with and without autism who do not have color obsessions or phobias. The findings lead to the formalization of two hypotheses: (i) color obsessions and phobias in individuals with ASD are related to an unusually strong ability to associate colors with entities; (ii) color obsessions are related to hyposensitivity, and color phobias to hypersensitivity, in the affected regions of color space.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number (DOI): 10.1080/13554794.2013.770880
Keywords: autism spectrum disorder obsession colour
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Psychology
Item ID: 7478
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2012 12:15
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2014 08:18
URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/7478
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