Quantification of speech and synchrony in the conversation of adults with autism spectrum disorder

  title={Quantification of speech and synchrony in the conversation of adults with autism spectrum disorder},
  author={Keiko Ochi and Nobutaka Ono and Keiho Owada and Masaki Kojima and Miho Kuroda and Shigeki Sagayama and Hidenori Yamasue},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a highly prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impairments in social reciprocity and communication together with restricted interest and stereotyped behaviors. The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is considered a ‘gold standard’ instrument for diagnosis of ASD and mainly depends on subjective assessments made by trained clinicians. To develop a quantitative and objective surrogate marker for ASD symptoms, we investigated speech… 
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Correction: Quantification of speech and synchrony in the conversation of adults with autism spectrum disorder
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