Eigsti, I. M., Rosset, D., Col Cozzari, G., Da Fonseca, D., & Deruelle, C. (in press). Effects of motor action on affective preferences in autism spectrum disorders: Different influences of embodiment. Developmental Science.
In the embodied cognition framework, our sensory, motor and emotional experiences are encoded along with sensorimotor cues from the context in which information was acquired. As such, representations retain an initial imprint of the manner in which information was acquired. The current study reports results indicating a lack of embodiment effects in ASD, and further, an association between embodiment differences and ASD symptomatology. The current results are consistent with an embodied account of ASD that goes beyond social experiences and could be driven by subtle deficits in sensorimotor coordination.