The Weak Coherence Account: Detail-focused Cognitive Style in Autism Spectrum Disorders

  title={The Weak Coherence Account: Detail-focused Cognitive Style in Autism Spectrum Disorders},
  author={Francesca Happ{\'e} and Uta Frith},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
  • F. Happé, U. Frith
  • Published 1 February 2006
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Abstract“Weak central coherence” refers to the detail-focused processing style proposed to characterise autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The original suggestion of a core deficit in central processing resulting in failure to extract global form/meaning, has been challenged in three ways. First, it may represent an outcome of superiority in local processing. Second, it may be a processing bias, rather than deficit. Third, weak coherence may occur alongside, rather than explain, deficits in… 

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