A new computerised advanced theory of mind measure for children with Asperger Syndrome: The ATOMIC

Beaumont, Renae B. and Sofronoff, Kate (2008) A new computerised advanced theory of mind measure for children with Asperger Syndrome: The ATOMIC. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38 2: 249-260. doi:10.1007/s10803-007-0384-2


Author Beaumont, Renae B.
Sofronoff, Kate
Title A new computerised advanced theory of mind measure for children with Asperger Syndrome: The ATOMIC
Journal name Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0162-3257
1573-3432
Publication date 2008-02-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10803-007-0384-2
Volume 38
Issue 2
Start page 249
End page 260
Total pages 12
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Kluwer Academic
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
920410 Mental Health
Abstract This study examined the ability of children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) to attribute mental states to characters in a new computerised, advanced theory of mind measure: The Animated Theory of Mind Inventory for Children (ATOMIC). Results showed that children with AS matched on IQ, verbal comprehension, age and gender performed equivalently on central coherence questions, but more poorly on the theory of mind questions compared with controls. A significant relationship was found between performance on ATOMIC and accuracy of mental state explanations provided on (Happé’s, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 24, 129–154, 1994) Strange Stories Task, supporting the validity of the new measure. Limitations of the study and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Keyword Asperger syndrome
Autism spectrum disorders
Theory of mind
Central coherence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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