Performance of children with autism spectrum disorders on the dimension-change card sort task.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Restricted and repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorders have been conceptualized to reflect impaired executive functions. In the present study, we investigated the performance of 6-17-year-old children with and without an autism spectrum disorder on a dimension-change card sort task that explicitly indicated sorting rules on every trial. Diagnostic groups did not differ in speed of responses after the first rule switch or in speed or accuracy on blocks with mixed versus single sort rules. However, performance of the ASD group was significantly slower and less accurate overall than the typically-developing group. Furthermore, within the ASD group, poorer DCCS task performance did not predict more severe autism symptoms. Implications for the executive dysfunction theory of autism are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dichter, GS; Radonovich, KJ; Turner-Brown, LM; Lam, KSL; Holtzclaw, TN; Bodfish, JW

Published Date

  • April 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 448 - 456

PubMed ID

  • 19890707

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19890707

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3432

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10803-009-0886-1


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States