Understanding Impairments in Social Engagement in Autism


Journal Article (Chapter)

© 2006 by Peter J. Marshall & Nathan A. Fox. All rights reserved. This study aims to examine the core early social impairments that affect the social engagement of individuals with autism, i.e. impairments in social orienting, emotion perception, joint attention, affective sharing, and imitation; some contemporary hypotheses on the fundamental deficits that underlie the said impairments; and their neural bases. The observed impairments, new imaging technologies, and existing research paradigms all provide avenues for understanding certain aspects of social engagement in individuals with typical development. Identifying the neural basis of autism enables better understanding of the nature of the impairments. Further work is needed to explore the social motivation hypothesis, despite the many research works into social impairments in autism and the various theories developed to explain the disorder.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bernier, R; Webb, SJ; Dawson, G

Published Date

  • March 22, 2012

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168716.003.0011

Citation Source

  • Scopus