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J Abnorm Child Psychol (2007) 35:1728 DOI 10.1007/s10802-006-9077-0

Summary: J Abnorm Child Psychol (2007) 35:1728
DOI 10.1007/s10802-006-9077-0
Is Theory of Mind Understanding Impaired in Males with Fragile
X Syndrome?
Cathy M. Grant Ian Apperly Chris Oliver
Published online: 23 November 2006
C Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006
Abstract Males with fragile X syndrome (FXS) have dif-
ficulties with social interaction and many show autistic fea-
tures. This study examined whether the social deficits charac-
teristic of FXS are associated with theory of mind difficulties.
Two groups of boys with FXS participated: a group with few
autistic features and a group with many autistic features. An
intellectual disability control group also participated. In ad-
dition to using standard theory of mind tasks, new techniques
were used that were able to separate out the various process-
ing demands of the task (e.g., memory, inhibitory control).
Overall, the findings indicate that both groups of boys with
FXS have difficulty with theory of mind tasks compared to an


Source: Apperly, Ian - School of Psychology, University of Birmingham


Collections: Biology and Medicine