Social Conformity in Autism

Lazzaro, S.C., Weidinger, L., Cooper, R.A., Baron‑Cohen, S., Moutsiana, C. and Sharot, T. 2019. Social Conformity in Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 49 (3), p. 1304–1315. doi:10.1007/s10803-018-3809-1

TitleSocial Conformity in Autism
TypeJournal article
AuthorsLazzaro, S.C., Weidinger, L., Cooper, R.A., Baron‑Cohen, S., Moutsiana, C. and Sharot, T.
Abstract

Humans are extremely susceptible to social influence. Here, we examine whether this susceptibility is altered in autism, a condition characterized by social difficulties. Autistic participants (N=22) and neurotypical controls (N=22) completed a memory test of previously seen words and were then exposed to answers supposedly given by four other individuals. Autistic individuals and controls were as likely to alter their judgements to align with inaccurate responses of group members. These changes reflected both temporary judgement changes (public conformity) and long-lasting memory changes (private conformity). Both groups were more susceptible to answers believed to be from other humans than from computer algorithms. Our results suggest that autistic individuals and controls are equally susceptible to social influence when reporting their memories.

JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Journal citation49 (3), p. 1304–1315
ISSN0162-3257
Year2019
PublisherSpringer
Publisher's versionMoutsiana, Autism, 2018.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/s10803-018-3809-1
Web address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-018-3809-1
Publication dates
Published online14 Nov 2018
Published in printMar 2019
LicenseCC BY 4.0

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