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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>30/06/2023
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number6
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)2458-2474
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date31/03/22
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A growing body of research has focused on the relationship between priming and engagement through dialogue (e.g. Tantucci and Wang in Appl Linguist 43(1):115–146, 2022; Mikulincer et al. in Cognit Emotion 25:519–531, 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 and Zhang in Xueqian jiaoyu yanjiu [Stud Preschool Educ] 6:72–84, 2020). We fitted a mixed effects linear regression showing that, in both neurotypical and ASD populations, dialogic priming significantly correlates with engagement and with 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 points to a relatively impeded ability in ASD to re-combine creatively a priming input during the here-and-now of a dialogic event.