Article

Online Action Monitoring and Memory for Self-Performed Actions in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Citation

Grainger C, Williams D & Lind S (2014) Online Action Monitoring and Memory for Self-Performed Actions in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44 (5), pp. 1193-1206. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-013-1987-4

Abstract
This study explored whether individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience difficulties with action monitoring. Two experimental tasks examined whether adults with ASD are able to monitor their own actions online, and whether they also show a typical enactment effects in memory (enhanced memory for actions they have performed compared to actions they have observed being performed). Individuals with ASD and comparison participants showed a similar pattern of performance on both tasks. In a task which required individuals to distinguish person-caused from computer-caused changes in phenomenology both groups found it easier to monitor their own actions compared to those of an experimenter. Both groups also showed typical enactment effects. Despite recent suggestions to the contrary, these results support suggestions that action monitoring is unimpaired in ASD.

Keywords
Autism spectrum disorder; Action monitoring; Enactment effect; Source memory; Self-referencing; Agency

Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders: Volume 44, Issue 5

StatusPublished
Publication date31/05/2014
Publication date online06/11/2013
Date accepted by journal06/11/2013
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/23830
PublisherSpringer
Place of publication233 SPRING ST, NEW YORK, NY 10013 USA
ISSN0162-3257