Impaired theory of mind but intact decision-making in Asperger syndrome: implications for the relationship between these cognitive domains

Psychiatry Res. 2013 Feb 28;205(3):282-4. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2012.08.023. Epub 2012 Sep 12.


The relationship between decision making and theory of mind (TOM) has been hardly investigated in patients with asperger syndrome (AS). Here, we show that the AS group (n=25) exhibited deficits on a complex TOM task, yet were unimpaired in a decision-making test. No association was found between these two domains.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asperger Syndrome / psychology*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Cognition
  • Decision Making*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Psychological Tests
  • Theory of Mind*