Mississippi State University
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
This study investigated whether knowledge about memory strategies was impaired in a group of young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) as compared to a group of young adults without AS. Both groups participated in two tasks, one designed to examine the categorization strategy and one to examine the interactive imagery strategy. Participants with AS showed a production deficit because they were unable to spontaneously produce either strategy to benefit their memory performance. However, the group with AS did not show evidence of a utilization deficit; when they were trained on strategies, they were able to use them effectively both immediately after training and after a delay of one week. The findings provide additional evidence that metamemory deficits observed in AS are similar to those seen in children and older adults, presumably due to the frontal and temporal lobe abnormalities that individuals with AS share with both age groups.
Morris, Miranda Lee, "Asperger's Syndrome and Learning Strategies: Are Difficulties Due to a Production Deficit or to a Utilization Deficit?" (2011). Theses and Dissertations. 736.