‘If pigs could fly’: A test of counterfactual reasoning and pretence in children with autism

@article{Scott1999IfPC,
  title={‘If pigs could fly’: A test of counterfactual reasoning and pretence in children with autism},
  author={Fiona J. Scott and Simon Baron-Cohen and Alan M. Leslie},
  journal={British Journal of Development Psychology},
  year={1999},
  volume={17},
  pages={349-362}
}
The authors report an experiment with children with autism, using the Dias & Harris (1990) method, to test the predictions that: (i) children with autism will show intact counterfactual reasoning, and (ii) since such children are impaired in pretence, they would not then show the normal facilitation effect of pretence on counterfactual reasoning ability. Children with autism and matched verbal mental age (VMA) controls were presented with a series of counterfactual syllogisms, in two conditions… Expand

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