Episodic Future Thinking in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Terrett, Gill, Rendell, Peter G., Raponi-Saunders, Sandra, Henry, Julie D., Bailey, Phoebe E. and Altgassen, Mareike (2013) Episodic Future Thinking in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43 11: 2558-2568. doi:10.1007/s10803-013-1806-y

Author Terrett, Gill
Rendell, Peter G.
Raponi-Saunders, Sandra
Henry, Julie D.
Bailey, Phoebe E.
Altgassen, Mareike
Title Episodic Future Thinking in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Journal name Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0162-3257
Publication date 2013-11-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10803-013-1806-y
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 43
Issue 11
Start page 2558
End page 2568
Total pages 11
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The capacity to imagine oneself experiencing future events has important implications for effective daily living but investigation of this ability in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is limited. This study investigated future thinking in 30 children with high functioning ASD (IQ > 85) and 30 typically developing children. They completed the Adapted Autobiographical Interview, a measure which required participants to describe personal past events (indexing episodic memory) and plausible future events (indexing episodic future thinking). The results showed that there are ASD-related deficits in future thinking, and also provided preliminary evidence regarding cognitive mechanisms that may (and may not) contribute to these difficulties. The theoretical and practical implications of these results are discussed. 
Keyword Autism spectrum disorder
Episodic future thinking
Imagining the future
Episodic memory
Executive functioning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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