Social motor synchronization: insights for understanding social behavior in autism

Paula Fitzpatrick, Veronica Romero, Joseph L. Amaral, Amie Duncan, Holly Barnard, Michael J. Richardson, R. C. Schmidt

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Abstract

Impairments in social interaction and communication are critical features of ASD but the underlying processes are poorly understood. An under-explored area is the social motor synchronization that happens when we coordinate our bodies with others. Here, we explored the relationships between dynamical measures of social motor synchronization and assessments of ASD traits. We found (a) spontaneous social motor synchronization was associated with responding to joint attention, cooperation, and theory of mind while intentional social motor synchronization was associated with initiating joint attention and theory of mind; and (b) social motor synchronization was associated with ASD severity but not fully explained by motor problems. Findings suggest that objective measures of social motor synchronization may provide insights into understanding ASD traits.

LanguageEnglish
Pages2092-2107
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume47
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Theory of Mind
Social Behavior
Autistic Disorder
Interpersonal Relations
Communication

Keywords

  • autism
  • social synchronization
  • dynamics
  • social interaction

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Fitzpatrick, Paula ; Romero, Veronica ; Amaral, Joseph L. ; Duncan, Amie ; Barnard, Holly ; Richardson, Michael J. ; Schmidt, R. C. / Social motor synchronization : insights for understanding social behavior in autism. In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2017 ; Vol. 47, No. 7. pp. 2092-2107.
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In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 47, No. 7, 07.2017, p. 2092-2107.

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