First- vs. Third-Person Narratives & False Belief in HFA (2017-2018)

On December 14, 2015 by Gabriel Sevilla

Lead investigator: Gabriel Sevilla

Collaborators: Institut Pere Mata

This project seeks to determine how deficits in the use of first- vs. third-person pronouns correlate with deficits in the production of first- vs. third-person narratives and an impaired understanding of first- vs. third-person false-belief tasks in 6-12 year-old children with high functioning autism (HFA), as opposed to language-matched typically developing (TD) controls. While different studies have addressed the narrative disabilities and the impaired false-belief understanding in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), very few have explored the correlation between these two cognitive deficits and language deficits in the high end of the autistic spectrum, where little or no language impairments are reported by standard clinical tests. This project intends to fill that gap, developing a principled linguistic account of the correlation between pronouns, narratives and false belief, and designing a specific elicitation task and a linguistic assessment scale.


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