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Title: Time and memory in autism spectrum disorder
Author: Martin, Jonathan Steven
ISNI:       0000 0004 2727 2989
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2010
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Vol. 1: This thesis explores the relationship between time perception and memory in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The thesis contains two separate papers; a literature review examining working memory in ASD, and a research article investigating temporal reproduction performance in adults with ASD. Memory ability in ASD has been a focus of study for several decades. However, so far, research investigating working memory in ASD has produced inconsistent results. The literature review critically examines the research in this area, drawing together the main findings and considering possible directions for future research. Recent evidence has suggested that atypical memory processes may impact upon time perception in ASD. Until recently, very little research had focused upon time perception ability in people with ASD, despite the fact the clinical accounts of ASD have often reported difficulties relating to the perception and understanding of time. The study reported in the research paper examines the performance of adults with ASD on a time reproduction task. The ASD group were found to make time reproductions that were both less accurate and more variable than a matched comparison group. The possible role of atypical memory processes in their performance is discussed. Vol. 2: Volume II contains five clinical practice reports. The first is the case study of a man with a learning disability, suffering from anxiety and depression, and is formulated from two perspectives. The second report is a service evaluation investigating whether a community psychology team is meeting the needs of people with severe forms of learning disability. The third report is in the form of a single case experimental design, evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention to treat a simple phobia. The fourth report is a case study describing the assessment of a man presenting with memory difficulties. The fifth report is represented by an abstract from an orally presented case study of a boy with a chronic physical condition.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Clin.Psy.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology