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Dialogic Priming and Dynamic Resonance in Autism: Creativity Competing with Engagement in Chinese Children with ASD

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/03/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Number of pages17
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date31/03/22
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

A growing body of research has focused on the relationship between priming and interactional engagement through dialogue (e.g. Authors 2021a; Mikulincer et al. 2011). The present study addresses this issue also in relation to creativity and provides a new applied model to measure intersubjective engagement in ASD vs neurotypical populations’ speech. We compared two balanced corpora of naturalistic Mandarin interaction of typically developing children and children diagnosed with ASD (cf. Zhou & Zhang 2020). We fitted a mixed effects linear regression showing that in both neurotypical and ASD populations, dialogic priming intersects with engagement and on whether the child could creatively re-use the original input to produce a new construction. What we found is that creativity and intersubjective engagement are in competition in children with ASD in contrast with the neurotypical population. This finding may support the claim of an impeded abilityin ASD to re-combine creatively a priming input during the here-and-now of a dialogic event.