The profile of memory function in children with autism

Diane L. Williams, Gerald Goldstein, Nancy J. Minshew

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Abstract

A clinical memory test was administered to 38 high-functioning children with autism and 38 individually matched normal controls, 8-16 years of age. The resulting profile of memory abilities in the children with autism was characterized by relatively poor memory for complex visual and verbal information and spatial working memory with relatively intact associative learning ability, verbal working memory, and recognition memory. A stepwise discriminant function analysis of the subtests found that the Finger Windows subtest, a measure of spatial working memory, discriminated most accurately between the autism and normal control groups. A principal components analysis indicated that the factor structure of the subtests differed substantially between the children with autism and controls, suggesting differing organizations of memory ability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-29
Number of pages9
JournalNeuropsychology
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2006

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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