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Specificity and social cognitive impairment in autism

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Social cognitive impairments are often described as a specific cognitive problem for individuals with autism. In our own work we have found evidence for social cognitive and social attention impairments in autism, but our studies also show general non-social cognitive impairments in representational understanding, attention allocation and sensory processing suggesting different explanations. In this talk, I consider the case for the specificity of the social cognitive impairment and discuss the developmental implications of a non-domain-specific impairment.

Sue Leekam has been at Cardiff University since 2009 as Chair in Autism and Director of the Wales Autism Research Centre. She was previously Professor of Developmental Psychology at Durham University. She completed a DPhil in Experimental Psychology at Sussex University followed by postdoctoral, lecturer and senior lecturer appointments at La Trobe University, Australia and at the University of Kent.

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