Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 48, Issue 9, pp 3216–3222 | Cite as

Brief Report: Memory for Self-Performed Actions in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Why Does Memory of Self Decline in ASD?

  • Kenta YamamotoEmail author
  • Kouhei Masumoto
Brief Report


The decline in self-related memory in ASD was investigated by using encoding, forgetting, and source monitoring. Participants memorized action sentences verbally, observationally, or by enacted encoding. Then, they underwent recall, recognition, and source monitoring memory tests immediately and 1 week later. If the information were properly encoded, memory performance in the enacted encoding would be the highest (enactment effect). The result of memory tests in ASD and TD people showed that enacted encoding was superior. However, recall and source monitoring in ASD was significantly lower than in TD, which was not the case for recognition and forgetting. These results suggest that the decline in memory of self in ASD is associated with a deficit in memory reconstruction and source monitoring.


Episodic memory Self-performed tasks Enactment effect Forgetting function Storage Source monitoring 



This work was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) KAKENHI (Grant Numbers 15K04066).

Author Contributions

KY and KM contributed in study concept and design. KY contributed in Acquisition of subject and data. KY and KM contributed in analysis and interpretation of data. KY and KM contributed in preparation of manuscript.

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Conflict of interest

The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Human Development and EnvironmentKobe UniversityKobeJapan

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