I Saw It In A Movie: How Video Analogues Facilitate Social Cognitive and Theory of Mind Understanding in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Conditions

Ellen Rispoli Butler University, Sara Taft Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Robert Padgett Butler University
The primary hypothesis of this study is that the use of social cognitive training from video analogues will facilitate social-cognitive and theory of mind understanding for children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC). A group of males with ASC between 10 and 18 participated in two hour-long sessions of social cognitive training using video analogues. In the first session an experimenter coached a single participant on identifying and interpreting displays of emotion in the 1988 film Big. One week later the experimenter coached the participant again using the 1997 film Liar Liar. To test the validity of the interventions, participants completed a Mind of the Eyes Task, a series of eight Strange Stories Tasks, two Faux Pas tasks, and the Test of Adolescent Social Skills Knowledge (TASSK) as an assessment of social skills and theory of mind before and after the interventions. After comparing preliminary scores across the pre-tests and the post-tests the experimenters believe that the intervention yields marginal improvements across all tasks among most participants.
Oral Presentation

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09:15 AM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 103