Carnegie Mellon University
October 02, 2015

Training by Repetition Actually Prevents Learning for Those With Autism

Training by Repetition Actually Prevents Learning for Those With Autism Training by Repetition Actually Prevents Learning for Those With Autism

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) sometimes acquire a new behavior or skill only in a specific context, but they have difficulty transferring that learned skill or information to a new context.

A new study published in Nature Neuroscience shows that training individuals with ASD to acquire new information by repeating the information actually harms their ability to apply that learned knowledge to other situations. This finding challenges the popular educational approaches designed for ASD individuals that focus on repetition and drills.

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