Helping and cooperation in children with autism.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Helping and cooperation are central to human social life. Here, we report two studies investigating these social behaviors in children with autism and children with developmental delay. In the first study, both groups of children helped the experimenter attain her goals. In the second study, both groups of children cooperated with an adult, but fewer children with autism performed the tasks successfully. When the adult stopped interacting at a certain moment, children with autism produced fewer attempts to re-engage her, possibly indicating that they had not formed a shared goal/shared intentions with her. These results are discussed in terms of the prerequisite cognitive and motivational skills and propensities underlying social behavior.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Liebal, K; Colombi, C; Rogers, SJ; Warneken, F; Tomasello, M

Published Date

  • February 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 224 - 238

PubMed ID

  • 17694374

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2758368

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3432

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0162-3257

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10803-007-0381-5


  • eng