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dc.contributor.authorAtherton, Gray
dc.contributor.authorCross, Liam
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-22T16:08:16Z
dc.date.available2019-02-22T16:08:16Z
dc.date.issued2018-04-17
dc.identifier.citationAtherton, G. and Cross, L. (2018) Seeing More Than Human: Autism and Anthropomorphic Theory of Mind, Frontiers in Psychology DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00528
dc.identifier.issn1664-1078
dc.identifier.doi10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00528
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/622137
dc.description.abstractTheory of mind (ToM) is defined as the process of taking another’s perspective. Anthropomorphism can be seen as the extension of ToM to non-human entities. This review examines the literature concerning ToM and anthropomorphism in relation to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), specifically addressing the questions of how and why those on the spectrum both show an increased interest for anthropomorphism and may even show improved ToM abilities when judging the mental states of anthropomorphic characters. This review highlights that while individuals with ASD traditionally show deficits on a wide range of ToM tests, such as recognizing facial emotions, such ToM deficits may be ameliorated if the stimuli presented is cartoon or animal-like rather than in human form. Individuals with ASD show a greater interest in anthropomorphic characters and process the features of these characters using methods typically reserved for human stimuli. Personal accounts of individuals with ASD also suggest they may identify more closely with animals than other humans. It is shown how the social motivations hypothesized to underlie the anthropomorphizing of non-human targets may lead those on the spectrum to seek social connections and therefore gain ToM experience and expertise amongst unlikely sources.
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dc.publisherFrontiers
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00528/full
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/
dc.subjectanthropomorphism
dc.subjectautism
dc.subjecttheory of mind
dc.subjectsocial cognition
dc.subjectperspective taking
dc.subjectmentalizing
dc.subjectanimals
dc.titleSeeing more than human: autism and anthropomorphic theory of mind
dc.typeJournal article
dc.identifier.journalFrontiers in Psychology
dc.date.accepted2018-03-27
rioxxterms.funderUniversity of Wolverhampton
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUOW220119GA
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2019-02-22
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