Language & Autism: What’s the Connection?

April 15, 2021

Previous research has shown that neurotypical children and adults are sensitive to abstract relationships between meanings of words with multiple meanings. Our study aims to investigate whether individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are sensitive to these abstract relationships as well. We designed a task in which participants will see various images of objects and select the correct answer based on the audio prompt. Then the task will show them pairings between objects and symbols, and they have to select the correct pairing. We expect that neurotypical individuals will be distracted by the abstract relationship between symbol and image pairings while Autistic individuals will be less sensitive to the abstract relationship between symbol and image.

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