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An advanced test of theory of mind: Understanding of story characters' thoughts and feelings by able autistic, mentally handicapped, and normal children and adults
  • F. Happé
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of autism and developmental disorders
  • 1 April 1994
TLDR
Autistic subjects were impaired at providing context-appropriate mental state explanations for the story characters' nonliteral utterances, compared to normal and mentally handicapped controls. Expand
The Weak Coherence Account: Detail-focused Cognitive Style in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • F. Happé, U. Frith
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of autism and developmental disorders
  • 1 February 2006
TLDR
A review of over 50 empirical studies of coherence suggests robust findings of local bias in ASD, with mixed findings regarding weak global processing. Expand
The role of age and verbal ability in the theory of mind task performance of subjects with autism.
  • F. Happé
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Child development
  • 1 June 1995
TLDR
The role of age and verbal ability in theory of mind task performance was explored and suggested that children with autism required far higher verbal mental age to pass false belief tasks than did other subjects. Expand
Communicative competence and theory of mind in autism: A test of relevance theory
  • F. Happé
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Cognition
  • 1 August 1993
TLDR
Three experiments are reported which tested predictions following from the analysis of figurative language in terms of relevance and theory of mind, in able autistic and normal young subjects and the results lend support to relevance theory. Expand
Autism: cognitive deficit or cognitive style?
  • F. Happé
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences
  • 1 June 1999
TLDR
It is argued that the authors can discover more about developmental disorders such as autism through demonstrations of task success than through examples of task failure, and some outstanding questions concerning the specific cognitive mechanism for coherence and the neural basis of individual differences in this aspect of information processing are considered. Expand
Reading the mind in cartoons and stories: an fMRI study of ‘theory of mind’ in verbal and nonverbal tasks
TLDR
Brain activation during the theory of mind condition of a story task and a cartoon task showed considerable overlap in the medial prefrontal cortex (paracingulate cortex), which is discussed in relation to the cognitive mechanisms underpinning the authors' everyday ability to 'mind-read'. Expand
Autism: beyond “theory of mind”
The theory of mind account of autism has been remarkably successful in making specific predictions about the impairments in socialization, imagination and communication shown by people with autism.Expand
Other minds in the brain: a functional imaging study of “theory of mind” in story comprehension
TLDR
The localisation of brain regions involved in normal attribution of mental states and contextual problem solving is feasible and may have implication for the neural basis of autism. Expand
Autism, Asperger syndrome and brain mechanisms for the attribution of mental states to animated shapes.
TLDR
A physiological cause for the mentalizing dysfunction in autism is suggested: a bottleneck in the interaction between higher order and lower order perceptual processes. Expand
Movement and Mind: A Functional Imaging Study of Perception and Interpretation of Complex Intentional Movement Patterns
TLDR
A functional neuroimaging study with positron emission tomography in which six healthy adult volunteers were scanned while watching silent computer-presented animations showed increased activation in association with mental state attribution in four main regions: medial prefrontal cortex, temporoparietal junction, basal temporal regions, and extrastriate cortex. Expand
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