Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Eakin, K. Deborah

Committee Member

Jacquin, M. Kristine

Committee Member

Fee, E. Virginia

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


We investigated whether a child with Asperger?s Syndrome would demonstrate deficits in awareness of cognitive processing similar to those demonstrated for awareness of social interactions. The cognitive processes examined were memory and metamemory, or knowing about knowing. With regard to procedural metamemory, the child was unable to accurately predict his own memory, particularly which items he would not be able to recall. Declarative metamemory also was impaired. Tasks requiring imitation of the researcher or that were largely nonverbal resulted in particularly poor performance. The findings indicate that the child?s social deficits related to Asperger?s Syndrome extended to the cognitive domain. Overall, a deficit in cognitive awareness was observed.