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Brief Report: Discrimination of Foreign Speech Pitch and Autistic Traits in Non-Clinical Population.

Authors
  • Iao, Lai-Sang1
  • Wippich, Anna2
  • Lam, Yu Hin3
  • 1 Department of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ, UK. [email protected]
  • 2 Department of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ, UK.
  • 3 Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, College of Education, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
Volume
48
Issue
1
Pages
284–289
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-017-3298-7
PMID: 28889325
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) are widely suggested to show enhanced perceptual discrimination but inconsistent findings have been reported for pitch discrimination. Given the high variability in ASC, this study investigated whether ASC traits were correlated with pitch discrimination in an undergraduate sample when musical and language experiences were taken into consideration. Results indicated that the social skills subscale of the Autism Spectrum Quotient was associated with foreign speech pitch discrimination, suggesting that individuals who were less sociable and socially skillful were less able to discriminate foreign speech pitch. Current findings have an implication in investigating individual differences in ASC and further investigation is needed for spelling out the relationship between the non-social and social aspects of ASC.

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