Cognition and Drawing in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder

dc.contributor.authorTen Eycke, Kayla
dc.contributor.supervisorMuller, Ulrich
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-03T21:37:09Z
dc.date.available2013-12-03T21:37:09Z
dc.date.copyright2013en_US
dc.date.issued2013-12-03
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Psychologyen_US
dc.degree.levelDoctor of Philosophy Ph.D.en_US
dc.description.abstractChildren with autism spectrum disorder show imaginative and representational drawing deficits, despite reports of a “visual thinking style”. I examined whether these two drawing characteristics could be explained by the unique cognitive style of children with autism (specifically, executive dysfunction and a local processing bias). I administered a cognitive/drawing task battery to a group of 24 school-age children with autism and 29 mental age-matched neurotypically developing controls. I expected that better executive function ability would be associated with better imaginative and representational drawing, and that a local processing bias (weak central coherence) would be associated with better representational drawing but worse imaginative drawing. In children with autism, better executive function was associated with better imaginative drawing. Greater central coherence was associated with better representational drawing, but executive function was associated with worse representational drawing. Underlying cognitive components of imaginative and representational drawing were different for the neurotypically developing children. Overall, findings were unexpected, leading to novel theoretical suggestions for the field of autism cognition and drawing research.en_US
dc.description.proquestcode0620en_US
dc.description.proquestcode0623en_US
dc.description.proquestemailkd.teneycke@gmail.comen_US
dc.description.scholarlevelGraduateen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/5062
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rights.tempAvailable to the World Wide Weben_US
dc.subjectAutism Spectrum Disorderen_US
dc.subjectExecutive Functionen_US
dc.subjectCentral Coherenceen_US
dc.subjectRepresentational Drawingen_US
dc.subjectImaginative Drawingen_US
dc.subjectCognitionen_US
dc.titleCognition and Drawing in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorderen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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