Psychological Medicine

Original Articles

Sampling the form of inner experience in three adults with Asperger syndrome

R. T. Hurlburta1, F. Happéa1 and U. Fritha1 c1

a1 University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA; and the MRC Cognitive Development Unit, London


Three adults with Asperger syndrome were invited to talk about their inner experiences, using an experience sampling and interview technique. They reported thoughts primarily or solely in the form of images. By contrast, normal adults previously tested with this technique reported inner experiences of a variety of forms. The present report suggests the feasibility and potential interest of the experience sampling method with high-functioning individuals with autistic disorder.


c1 Address for correspondence: Dr U. Frith, MRC Cognitive Development Unit, 4, Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BT