A cross-sectional and longitudinal study of novel metaphor and metonymy comprehension in children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Van Herwegen, Jo and Rundblad, Gabriella (2018) A cross-sectional and longitudinal study of novel metaphor and metonymy comprehension in children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(945), ISSN (online) 1664-1078

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Abstract

Previous studies have shown that comprehension of figurative language is impaired in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, most studies have focused on lexicalized expressions and have only examined performance at one particular point in time, without examining how performance changes over development. The current study examined the comprehension of novel metaphor and metonymy in individuals with ASDs from a large age range, using both a cross-sectional (Experiment 1) and longitudinal design (Experiment 2). Performance in the ASD group was lower compared to typically developing (TD) controls, across all ages. Importantly, the results from Experiments 1 and 2 showed that, although chronological age was not a good predictor for performance of either novel metaphor or metonymy in the cross-sectional design, performance improved when longitudinal data was considered. Correlations between vocabulary knowledge, visuo-spatial abilities and figurative language comprehension abilities were also explored.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Psychology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Psychology, Criminology and Sociology (from November 2012)
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Depositing User: Katrina Clifford
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2018 14:48
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2018 14:14
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00945
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/41157

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