The relationship between subthreshold autistic traits, ambiguous figure perception and divergent thinking

Best, Catherine Susan, Arora, Shruti, Porter, Fiona and Doherty, Martin (2015) The relationship between subthreshold autistic traits, ambiguous figure perception and divergent thinking. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45 (12). pp. 4064-4073. ISSN 1573-3432

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Abstract

This research investigates the paradox of creativity in autism. That is, whether people with subclinical autistic traits have cognitive styles conducive to creativity or whether they are disadvantaged by the implied cognitive and behavioural rigidity of the autism phenotype. The relationship between divergent thinking (a cognitive component of creativity), perception of ambiguous figures, and self-reported autistic traits was evaluated in 312 individuals in a non-clinical sample. High levels of autistic traits were significantly associated with lower fluency scores on the divergent thinking tasks. However autistic traits were associated with high numbers of unusual responses on the divergent thinking tasks. Generation of novel ideas is a prerequisite for creative problem solving and may be an adaptive advantage associated with autistic traits.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism ,ambiguous figures, creativity,autistic traits,divergent thinking
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2016 13:34
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 00:18
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/57556
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-015-2518-2

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