Who Cares? Revisiting Empathy in Asperger Syndrome

  title={Who Cares? Revisiting Empathy in Asperger Syndrome},
  author={Kimberley Rogers and Isabel Dziobek and Jason Hassenstab and Oliver Tobias Wolf and Antonio Convit},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
A deficit in empathy has consistently been cited as a central characteristic of Asperger syndrome (AS), but previous research on adults has predominantly focused on cognitive empathy, effectively ignoring the role of affective empathy. We administered the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI), a multi-dimensional measure of empathy, and the Strange Stories test to 21 adults with AS and 21 matched controls. Our data show that while the AS group scored lower on the measures of cognitive empathy… 
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