Weak central coherence and its relations to theory of mind and anxiety in autism

Courtney P. Burnette, Peter Clive Mundy, Jessica A. Meyer, Steven K. Sutton, Amy E. Vaughan, David Charak

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Recent theory and research suggests that weak central coherence, a specific perceptual-cognitive style, underlies the central disturbance in autism. This study sought to provide a test of the weak central coherence hypothesis. In addition, this study explored the relations between the weak central coherence hypothesis, theory of mind skills, and social-emotional functioning in a group of high functioning children with autism. Results revealed equivocal support for the weak central coherence hypothesis, but found moderate correlations between verbal weak central coherence and theory of mind measures. No significant findings were observed between weak central coherence measures and social-emotional functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-73
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Anxiety
  • Comorbidity
  • High functioning autism
  • Social-emotional functioning
  • Theory of mind
  • Weak central coherence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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