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Physiological Response to Social Evaluative Threat in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Edmiston, E. ; Jones, Robin ; Corbett, Blythe

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2016, Vol.46(9), pp.2992-3005 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Physiological Response to Social Evaluative Threat in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Author/Creator: Edmiston, E. ; Jones, Robin ; Corbett, Blythe
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Respiratory sinus arrhythmia ; Autism spectrum disorder ; Adolescence ; Social evaluative threat ; Psychophysiology
  • Is Part Of: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2016, Vol.46(9), pp.2992-3005
  • Description: The Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) was employed to study response to social evaluative threat in male adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD, n = 21) and typical development (n = 13). Participants wore a mobile electrocardiogram to collect heart rate data. There were significant group effects on respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA), a measure of parasympathetic nervous system function, with lower values in ASD (F = 4.97). Bivariate correlations also showed a significant relationship between parent reports of social problems and RSA response to the TSST (r = −0.586). These findings suggest that autonomic dysregulation may contribute to social deficits in adolescents with ASD.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0162-3257 ; E-ISSN: 1573-3432 ; DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2842-1