Eyewitness testimony in autism spectrum disorder: a review

Katie L. Maras, Dermot M. Bowler

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is estimated to affect around 1% of the population, and is characterised by impairments in social interaction, communication, and behavioural flexibility. A number of risk factors indicate
that individuals with ASD may become victims or witnesses of crimes. In addition to their social and communication deficits, people with ASD also have very specific memory problems, which impacts on their abilities to recall eyewitnessed events. We begin this review with an overview of the memory difficulties that are experienced by individuals with ASD, before discussing the studies that have specifically examined eyewitness testimony in this group and the implications for investigative practice. Finally, we outline related areas that would be particularly fruitful for future research to explore.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2682-2697
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number11
Early online date10 Mar 2012
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


  • autism spectrum disorder
  • eyewitness
  • memory
  • suggestibility
  • interviewing
  • credibility


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