Date of Degree
Clinical Psychology | Cognitive Psychology | Developmental Psychology
autism spectrum disorder, autism, cognitive control, affective control
Cognitive control constrains mental operations to prioritize information that reaches conscious awareness and is essential to flexible, adaptive behavior under conditions of uncertainty. However, cognitive control can be compromised by neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which is characterized by the presence of social and communicative deficits, and restricted interests/repetitive behaviors. Although prior investigations have attempted to elucidate the nature of cognitive control deficits in ASD, whether there is an underlying deficit in cognitive and affective control associated with the symptom domains of ASD remains unclear. The present series of eight experiments presents an information theoretic framework for the study of cognitive control in high-functioning adults with ASD, and aims to investigate deficits in cognitive and affective control under conditions of uncertainty, and the relation of these deficits to ASD symptoms, to better understand the nature of symptoms and cognitive deficits in ASD.
Mackie, Melissa-Ann, "Cognitive and Affective Control Deficits in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder" (2017). CUNY Academic Works.