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Title: Prospective memory in children and adults with autism spectrum disorder
Author: Landsiedel, Julia
ISNI:       0000 0004 7228 0339
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2017
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Prospective memory (PM) or memory for delayed intentions refers to the ability to remember to carry out a planned intention at an appropriate moment in the future. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by a cognitive profile of strengths and weaknesses, which suggest that PM may be a challenge for individuals with this condition. A small group of studies investigating PM in ASD have produced heterogeneous evidence. Thus, the aim of this thesis was to advance our understanding of PM abilities in ASD. Based on a meta-analysis as well as a thorough review of the existing literature, the experiments in this thesis targeted two main questions. (1) What underpins time-based PM problems in ASD and how could they be addressed? (2) Is event-based PM in ASD impaired or spared? The findings in this thesis indicate that ASD is characterised by time-based PM impairments, which were related to executive functioning, on the one hand, whereas on the other hand event-based PM abilities remain spared. The theoretical and practical implications of these results, as well as directions for future research are discussed.
Supervisor: Williams, David ; Abbot-Smith, Kirsten Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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