Francisca H T M Aerts

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The objective of this prospective study was to evaluate the possible role of two cognitive styles--weak central coherence and poor cognitive shifting--in predicting social improvement in patients with autistic disorder. Thirty patients, largely similar in age (young adults), intelligence (high-functioning) and living conditions (residential treatment in the(More)
This study addressed the operationalization, the identification, and the prevalence of weak central coherence and poor cognitive shifting in 35 high-functioning adolescents with autism. Central coherence and cognitive shifting were represented by two factors in a factor analysis, each reflecting a constituent aspect of the domain in question. With regard to(More)
BACKGROUND In an earlier study published in this journal (Berger e.a. 2002) it was shown that the cognitive styles 'weak central coherence' and 'poor cognitive shifting' are common in autism spectrum disorders, but tests have revealed that the styles do not apply to every member of the patient group. This finding could have consequences for the course of(More)
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