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Phonological processing in the autism spectrum  

One possible source of communication problems in individuals with autism is their failure to put the individual sounds of spoken language in context. For instance, in conversation people frequently mispronounce words, and previous research by Dr. Stewart and colleagues has shown that individuals with "autistic traits" are less likely to put the word into context to correctly perceive the intended word. In this study, Dr. Stewart's fellow will assess whether this lack of "ability to infer when listening to others" is apparent in individuals with autism and Asperger Syndrome and to explore the factors that can affect the perception of spoken language. Factors such as the frequency of the word in a language, its phonetic similarity to the mispronounced word, and its social and emotional meaning will all be examined for their ability to enhance correct perception of an intended message. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $0.00
Current Award Period 2008-2011
Project Number 2225
Principal Investigator Stewart, Mary
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Subcategory Cognitive Studies
Strategic Plan Objective 2O. Not specific to Question 2 objectives
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Heriot-Watt University
State/Country United Kingdom
Web Link 1 Phonological processing in the autism spectrum (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
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