Prospective Memory in Adolescents with Autism


on the December 10, 2019

Published in Dev Neuropsychol

Collaborative research project led by Prof. B. Guillery-Girard (Normandie Univ, UNICAEN, PSL Université Paris, EPHE, INSERM, U1077, CHU de Caen, GIP Cyceron, Neuropsychologie et Imagerie de la Mémoire Humaine, Caen, France) to which Prof. F. Bonnet-Brilhault and Dr. J. Malvy participated.

Prospective Memory in Adolescents with Autism: A Preliminary Study of the Impact of Memory Load


We evaluated event-based prospective memory (EBPM) in adolescents with Autism, varying the load of the to-be-performed intentions. We included measures of inhibition, working memory and binding. Results showed that increasing the retrospective memory load reduced performance in controls. In Autism, adolescents were impaired in the low load condition with normal performance for the ongoing task, with the reverse pattern in the high load condition. EBPM may be impacted in Autism due to difficulty to process ongoing and EBPM tasks simultaneously possibly because of restricted inhibitory control.

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