People with autism tend to be less likely to share emotions, a new study has found.
Researchers from the University of Melbourne and the University, Sydney, said there were “a number of potential pathways” by which people with autism may be experiencing their thoughts more than their peers.
Key points:Researchers from University of Sydney and the Australian National University conducted an experiment to find out whether or not people with the condition experience more or less empathy for other peopleSource: News.co.nzMore people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience less empathy than othersThe study found that people with ASD were more likely to be more likely than people without the condition to feel their thoughts were shared by others.
The findings suggest people with ASD are likely to have more difficulty empathising with other people and may feel less empathy when they experience their thoughts shared by other people.
“These findings suggest that ASD patients are likely have a greater degree of social difficulty, particularly if their thoughts are shared by another person,” the researchers wrote.
The study also found that some people with ASPD also reported experiencing more distress or distress-related behaviours than people who did not have ASPD.
The researchers said the results were not conclusive and were only exploratory and based on a small sample size.
“We are interested in studying the degree to which people can experience their own thoughts, but we need to take these findings with a grain of salt,” Associate Professor Paul Geddes, from the Department of Psychological Medicine, said.
“There is a huge amount of uncertainty about whether this is the case.”
It’s likely that the differences between people with and without ASPD are not causal.
“The study, titled The effects of emotional contagion on people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder: A meta-analysis, was published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
The research team said the research had been done by researchers at universities in the US and in Australia and included studies on more than 7,000 people.
It found that “social distress” was the biggest predictor of whether people with mental health conditions had an anxiety disorder, with higher levels of social distress being associated with higher prevalence of ASD.
People with ASDs were more than twice as likely to report experiencing their own distress as those without the disorder, the researchers found.
However, the effect of social stress on ASD was small, and did not reach statistical significance.
The team found that the social distress was related to how closely people shared their thoughts with others, and was most pronounced when they shared their distress with people they knew, as opposed to strangers.
They also noted that people who had anxiety disorders tended to report more social distress, particularly when it came to the sharing of their thoughts.”
The research supports the view that social distress is more closely associated with mental disorders than with the general population,” the study authors wrote.”
In terms of how people with these disorders feel about their own mental health, social distress may be an important predictor of their overall well-being.
“The researchers also noted some people might be “disassociated” from others because they experienced more stress and anxiety when their thoughts came from other people, and felt it would not be “appropriate” to share their thoughts publicly.