Explaining enhanced logical consistency during decision making in autism

De Martino, Benedetto, Harrison, Neil, Knafo, Steven, Bird, Geoff and Dolan, Raymond J (2008) Explaining enhanced logical consistency during decision making in autism. Journal of Neuroscience, 28 (42). pp. 10746-10750. ISSN 1529-2401

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Abstract

The emotional responses elicited by the way options are framed often results in lack of logical consistency in human decision making. In this study, we investigated subjects with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using a financial task in which the monetary prospects were presented as either loss or gain. We report both behavioral evidence that ASD subjects show a reduced susceptibility to the framing effect and psycho-physiological evidence that they fail to incorporate emotional context into the decision-making process. On this basis, we suggest that this insensitivity to contextual frame, although enhancing choice consistency in ASD, may also underpin core deficits in this disorder. These data highlight both benefits and costs arising from multiple decision processes in human cognition.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Neuroscience
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R895 Medical physics. Medical radiology. Nuclear medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry > RC0346 Neurology. Diseases of the nervous system Including speech disorders
Depositing User: Hazelle Woodhurst
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2012 14:38
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2017 11:42
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/42691

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