Dialogic linkage and resonance in autism

Hobson, R Peter, Hobson, Jessica A, García-Pérez, Rosa M. and Du Bois, John (2012) Dialogic linkage and resonance in autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42 (12). pp. 2718-2728. ISSN 0162-3257 (Print) ; 573-3432 (Online)

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We evaluated how children with autism make linguistic adjustments when talking with someone else. We devised two novel measures to assess (a) overall conversational linkage and (b) utterance-by-utterance resonance within dialogue between an adult and matched participants with and without autism (n = 12 per group). Participants with autism were less able to establish ‘cognitive linkage’ with an interlocutor. As predicted, only among children with autism was there a positive correlation between the ability to link in with speaker’s meanings and ratings of emotional connectedness with the conversational partner. Participants with autism were not less likely to show a basic form of dialogic resonance across successive utterances (the ‘frame grab’), but more often elaborated their responses in an atypical manner.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Communication (incl. disorders of) > Autism
Department/People: Special Units
URI: https://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1021

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