Possible parallels between memory and emotion processing in autism: a neuropsychological perspective

Yifat Faran, Dorit Ben Shalom

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In this chapter it is argued that the socioemotional and memory profiles in autism may be consistent with an abnormality in two systems both of which involve an interaction between the limbic system and the medial prefrontal cortex. The chapter is organized as follows. First there is a brief review of findings on memory in autism, using Tulving's (1995) analysis of different memory systems as a framework (for a fuller review, see Ben Shalom, 2003). This brief review focuses in particular on the episodic memory impairment in autism, and its likely brain bases. There follows a detailed account of what is known about emotion processing in autism, and the likely brain bases of the processing of emotions and feelings. The chapter closes with a brief discussion of the possible parallel between memory impairment and emotion-processing impairments in autism. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMemory In Autism
Subtitle of host publicationTheory and Evidence
EditorsJill Boucher, Dermot Bowler
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780511490101
ISBN (Print)9780521862882
StatePublished - Nov 2009


  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Emotions
  • Memory
  • Neuropsychology
  • Medial Prefrontal Cortex
  • Brain
  • Episodic Memory
  • Limbic System
  • Memory Disorders
  • Prefrontal Cortex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)


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