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Eyewitness Testimony in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Review

Maras, K. L. & Bowler, D. M. (2014). Eyewitness Testimony in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(11), pp. 2682-2697. doi: 10.1007/s10803-012-1502-3


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is estimated to affect around 1% of the population, and is characterised by impairments in social interaction, communication, and behavioural flexibility. A number of risk factors indicate that individuals with ASD may become victims or witnesses of crimes. In addition to their social and communication deficits, people with ASD also have very specific memory problems, which impacts on their abilities to recall eyewitnessed events. We begin this review with an overview of the memory difficulties that are experienced by individuals with ASD, before discussing the studies that have specifically examined eyewitness testimony in this group and the implications for investigative practice. Finally, we outline related areas that would be particularly fruitful for future research to explore.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via
Publisher Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Eyewitness, Memory, Suggestibility, Interviewing, Credibility
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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