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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Relationship Between Subthreshold Autistic Traits, Ambiguous Figure Perception and Divergent Thinking
Author(s): Best, Catherine
Arora, Shruti
Porter, Fiona
Doherty, Martin
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Citation: Best C, Arora S, Porter F & Doherty M (2015) The Relationship Between Subthreshold Autistic Traits, Ambiguous Figure Perception and Divergent Thinking. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45 (12), pp. 4064-4073.
Keywords: Autism
Ambiguous figures
Autistic traits
Divergent thinking
Issue Date: Dec-2015
Date Deposited: 1-Sep-2015
Publisher: Springer
Abstract: This research investigates the paradox of creativity in autism. That is, whether people with subclinical autistic traits have cognitive styles conducive to creativity or whether they are disadvantaged by the implied cognitive and behavioural rigidity of the autism phenotype. The relationship between divergent thinking (a cognitive component of creativity), perception of ambiguous figures, and self-reported autistic traits was evaluated in 312 individuals in a non-clinical sample. High levels of autistic traits were significantly associated with lower fluency scores on the divergent thinking tasks. However autistic traits were associated with high numbers of unusual responses on the divergent thinking tasks. Generation of novel ideas is a prerequisite for creative problem solving and may be an adaptive advantage associated with autistic traits.
Type: Journal Article
DOI Link: 10.1007/s10803-015-2518-2
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Affiliation: Health Sciences Stirling
University of Stirling
University of Stirling
University of East Anglia
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