Memory In Autism: Theory and Evidence

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-07-07
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are remarkably proficient at remembering how things look and sound, even years after an event. They are also good at rote learning and establishing habits and routines. Some even have encyclopedic memories. However, all ASD sufferers have poor ability to recall personal memories and relive experiences, and less able people may have additional difficulty in memorising facts. This book assembles new research on memory in autism to examine why this happens and the effects it has on people's lives. The contributors utilize recent advances in the understanding of normal memory systems and their breakdown as frameworks for analysing the neuropsychology and neurobiology of memory in autism. The unique patterning of memory functions across the spectrum illuminates difficulties with sense of self, emotion processing, mental time travel, language and learning, providing a window into the nature and causes of autism itself.

Table of Contents

List of tablesp. x
List of figuresp. xi
List of contributorsp. xii
Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xix
Introductionp. 1
Concepts and theories of memoryp. 3
The neurobiology of memory in autismp. 21
Temporal lobe structures and memory in nonhuman primates: implications for autismp. 23
Acquired memory disorders in adults: implications for autismp. 43
A comparison of memory profiles in relation to neuropathology in autism, developmental amnesia and children born prematurelyp. 63
Possible parallels between memory and emotion processing in autism: a neuropsychological perspectivep. 86
Dysfunction and hyperfunction of the hippocampus in autism?p. 103
The psychology of memory in autismp. 123
Memory within a complex information processing model of autismp. 125
Episodic memory, semantic memory and self-awareness in high-functioning autismp. 143
Episodic memory and autonoetic consciousness in autistic spectrum disorders: the roles of self-awareness, representational abilities and temporal cognitionp. 166
Impairments in social memory in autism? Evidence from behaviour and neuroimagingp. 188
Memory characteristics in individuals with savant skillsp. 210
Working memory and immediate memory in autism spectrum disordersp. 231
Rehearsal and directed forgetting in adults with Asperger syndromep. 249
Memory, language and intellectual ability in low-functioning autismp. 268
Overviewp. 291
Practical implications of memory characteristics in autistic spectrum disordersp. 293
A different memory: are distinctions drawn from the study of nonautistic memory appropriate to describe memory in autism?p. 311
Memory in ASD: enduring themes and future prospectsp. 330
Indexp. 350
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