Social and Nonsocial Effort-Based Decision-Making in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Mosner, Maya
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • There has been recent emphasis on addressing the impact of motivational factors on social deficits in Autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The present investigation evaluated effort-based decision-making in social and nonsocial contexts to examine one aspect of social motivation in ASD. To downward extend prior findings of impaired effort-expenditure in adults with ASD, the current study explored effort-based decision-making in adolescents with ASD and typically developing adolescents. Using the Effort Expenditure for Rewards Task (EEfRT), participants made choices to win money for themselves or to win money for another person. Contrary to previous findings, when choosing for themselves, the ASD group exhibited similar effort-expenditure across reward parameters compared to typical adolescents. However, when choosing for another person, the ASD group demonstrated decreased sensitivity to reward magnitude. These findings provide support for atypical social effort-based decision-making in this population and highlight the importance of exploring developmental patterns of reward processing in ASD.
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  • Dichter, Gabriel
  • Penn, David L.
  • Daughters, Stacey
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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