Color obsessions and phobias in autism spectrum disorders: the case of J.G.

Ludlow, Amanda K, Heaton, Pamela, Hill, Elisabeth and Franklin, Anna (2014) Color obsessions and phobias in autism spectrum disorders: the case of J.G. Neurocase, 20 (3). pp. 296-306. ISSN 1355-4794

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Abstract

The current study is the first investigation of color 'obsessions' and 'phobias' in ASD. We investigate the color perception and cognition of J.G., a boy with ASD who has a strong obsession with blue, and a strong phobia of other colors. J.G.'s performance on a series of color tasks (color-entity association; chromatic discrimination; color classification) is compared to 13 children with and without autism who do not have color obsessions or phobias. The findings lead to the formalization of two hypotheses: (i) color obsessions and phobias in individuals with ASD are related to an unusually strong ability to associate colors with entities; (ii) color obsessions are related to hyposensitivity, and color phobias to hypersensitivity, in the affected regions of color space.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Anna Franklin
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2014 09:13
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2014 09:13
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/48995
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