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  • S. Loukusa
  • E. Leinonen
  • S. Kuusikko
  • K. Jussila
  • M. Mattila
  • N. Ryder
  • H. Ebeling
  • A. Moilanen
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1049-1059
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publication statusPublished - 2007


Utilizing relevance theory, this study investigated the ability of children with Asperger syndrome (AS) and high-functioning autism (HFA) to use context when answering questions and when giving explanations for their correct answers. Three groups participated in this study: younger AS/HFA group (age 7–9, n = 16), older AS/HFA group (age 10–12, n = 23) and a normally functioning control group (age 7–9, n = 23). The results indicated that the younger AS/HFA group did less well when answering contextually demanding questions compared to the control group, and the performance of the older AS/HFA group fell in between the younger AS/HFA group and the control group. Both AS/HFA groups had difficulties explaining their correct answers, suggesting that they are not always aware of how they have derived answers from the context.


“The original publication is available at”. Copyright Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-006-0247-2 [Full text of this article is not available in the UHRA]

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