Asperger's syndrome: Evidence of an empirical distinction from High-Functioning autism

Sally J Ozonoff, Sally J Rogers, B. F. Pennington

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This study compared the neuropsychological profiles of individuals with highfunctioning autism (HFA) and Asperger's syndrome (AS). In comparison with matched controls, both groups were impaired on executive function tests. Only the HFA group demonstrated deficits in theory of mind and verbal memory, performing more poorly than both controls and AS subjects. These results suggest that: (1) HFA and AS are empirically distinguishable on measures independent of diagnostic criteria, and (2) impairment on theory of mind measures is not universally found among individuals with autistic spectrum conditions. The primacy of executive function and theory of mind deficits to autism is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1107-1122
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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