Understanding of mental states in later childhood: an investigation of theory of mind in autism spectrum disorder and typical development with a novel task

April Philpott, Nicole Joan Rinehart, Kylie Megan Gray, Patricia Howlin, Kim Marie Cornish

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The developmental trajectories of Theory of Mind (ToM) in later childhood and into adolescence have not been thoroughly investigated, partly due to a lack of sensitive paradigms that can chart development in typical populations or in individuals with a core deficit in ToM, such as those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The present study assessed understanding of emotions, beliefs, and intentions using both an established ToM task (Baron-Cohen et al., 2001) and the more recently developed Comic Strip Task (CST; Cornish et al., 2010).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108 - 117
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Developmental Disabilities
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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