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Project Title

Project Title

Phonological processing in the autism spectrum

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Stewart, Mary

Description

Description

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.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2008-2011

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

2O. Not specific to Question 2 objectives

Project Link

Project Link

Phonological processing in the autism spectrum (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Heriot-Watt University

State/Country

State/Country

United Kingdom

Project Number

Project Number

2225

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

N/A

 
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