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Title: Emotion differentiation in autism spectrum disorder
Authors: Erbas, Yasemin ×
Ceulemans, Eva
Boonen, J.
Noens, Ilse
Kuppens, Peter #
Issue Date: 2013
Series Title: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders vol:7 issue:10 pages:1221-1227
Abstract: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is commonly associated with reduced ability to recognize emotions in others. It is less clear however, whether ASD is also associated with impaired
knowledge of one’s own emotions. In the current study we present a first examination of how much knowledge individuals with ASD have about their emotions by investigating their ability to differentiate between emotions. Across two lab tasks that measured to what extent and how people differentiate between their own feeling states and semantic emotion terms, results showed that ASD individuals differentiated less than typically developing individuals. Yet, both groups of participants similarly categorized emotions according to previously established theoretical
categories. These findings indicate that while both give similar meaning to emotions, individuals with ASD make less subtle distinctions between emotions. With low levels of emotion differentiation being linked to reduced well-being, these findings may help to better understand the high prevalence of internalizing problems associated with ASD.
ISSN: 1750-9467
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Parenting and Special Education
Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences
Methodology of Educational Sciences
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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