The bouba-kiki effect and its relation to the Autism Quotient (AQ) in autistic adolescents

Rinat Gold, Osnat Segal

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Abstract

The bouba-kiki effect refers to the correspondence between arbitrary visual and auditory stimuli. Previous studies indicate ASD persons’ reduced bouba-kiki effect compared to controls. This study examines the relation between ASD symptomology and performance on the bouba-kiki task. Twenty ASD participants and 20 matched controls were presented the bouba-kiki task. Autism-Quotient (AQ) scores and several cognitive measures were obtained for all participants. Results demonstrate that among all measures, only AQ scores were significantly correlated to the performance on the bouba-kiki task in the ASD group. Results thus support the existence of a relation between autism symptoms and performance on the bouba-kiki task, and are discussed in light of current theories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume71
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Autism-Quotient
  • Bouba-kiki task
  • Sensory integration

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