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The Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) is used to assess if adults of average intelligent have symptoms typical of individuals in the autism spectrum. Published by Simon Baron-Cohen at the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge in 2001, it consists of fifty questions to assess social and communication skills, as well as imagination, attention to detail, and attention switching.

Subscales: social skill (items 1,11,13,15,22,36,44,45,47,48)
attention switching (items 2,4,10,16,25,32,34,37,43,46)
attention to detail (items 5,6,9,12,19,23,28,29,30,49)
communication (items 7,17,18,26,27,31,33,35,38,39)
imagination (items 3,8,14,20,21,24,40,41,42,50)

Each of the items listed above scores 1 point if the respondent records the abnormal or autistic-like behavior either mildly or strongly.
“Definitely agree” or “slightly agree” responses scored 1 point, on the following items: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 33, 35, 39, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46.
“Definitely disagree” or “slightly disagree” responses scored 1 point, on the following items: 3, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 40, 44, 47, 48, 49, 50.

Baron-Cohen, S., et al. (2001). "The Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ): Evidence from Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism, Malesand Females, Scientists and Mathematicians." Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders 31(1): 5-17.
Synonyms: AQ
Definition contributed by VSochat about one year ago

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autism spectrum quotient has been asserted to measure the following CONCEPTS
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DISORDERS associated with autism spectrum quotient
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Experimental conditions are the subsets of an experiment that define the relevant experimental manipulation.

CONTRASTS

In the Cognitive Atlas, we define a contrast as any function over experimental conditions. The simplest contrast is the indicator value for a specific condition; more complex contrasts include linear or nonlinear functions of the indicator across different experimental conditions.

INDICATORS
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An indicator is a specific quantitative or qualitative variable that is recorded for analysis. These may include behavioral variables (such as response time, accuracy, or other measures of performance) or physiological variables (including genetics, psychophysiology, or brain imaging data).


User Discussion


"There isn't a "good place" to write anything about scoring beyond the description, and that makes it rather messy. I think that "contrasts" would be a good place to encode information about subscale scoring, perhaps if there was another field for it (beyond URI and name)."
VSochat (about three years ago)
"I think at this point, modeling complete scoring for a metric is beyond the scope of this ontology (i.e., too heavy), however I can see a researcher wanting to query the atlas for all metrics that represent a particular contrast (e.g., attentional focus) and then wanting a little more information about the derivation of the contrasts. Is the idea in having the URI that this information would be provided from somewhere else?"
VSochat (about three years ago)


"What is the extent of providing information about a particular metric? For example, I am working on creating a standard annotation of a metric, and I'm starting with the AQ. I will link to the Cognitive Atlas to be able to assess the relationship of this metric to others, and I'm wondering if any of the following has a place within the actual ontology: unique IDs for questions, along with the question text unique IDs for subscales scoring rules (not sure if there is already a standard out there for use with calculations) allowing for different versions (e.g., adult vs child versions) And then it follows that an instantiation would mean using the ontology to produce a file in standard format with raw scores, calculated final scores, etc., and we could query over a database of these files."
VSochat (about three years ago)
"Right now we don't have the ability to represent individual items. I would represent different versions as different tasks, using the "duplicate task entity" feature to carry over the features from one to the other. For scoring rules, you could put them into the contrast definitions, or into the task definition. if you have suggestions about how we might better accomodate these things, let me know and we will consider adding them in the future."
RPoldrack (about three years ago)
"Ok, will do! I'll start simple and try using contrasts to model sub-scales / scoring, and will start to think about possible future additions."
VSochat (about three years ago)
"great, thanks!"
RPoldrack (about three years ago)

Term History

REVISION 3

Definition contributed by VSochat about three years ago:The Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) is used to assess if adults of average intelligent have symptoms typical of individuals in the autism spectrum. Published by Simon Baron-Cohen at the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge in 2001, it consists of fifty questions to assess social and communication skills, as well as imagination, attention to detail, and attention switching. Subscales: social skill (items 1,11,13,15,22,36,44,45,47,48) attention switching (items 2,4,10,16,25,32,34,37,43,46) attention to detail (items 5,6,9,12,19,23,28,29,30,49) communication (items 7,17,18,26,27,31,33,35,38,39) imagination (items 3,8,14,20,21,24,40,41,42,50) Each of the items listed above scores 1 point if the respondent records the abnormal or autistic-like behavior either mildly or strongly. “Definitely agree” or “slightly agree” responses scored 1 point, on the following items: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 33, 35, 39, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46. “Definitely disagree” or “slightly disagree” responses scored 1 point, on the following items: 3, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 40, 44, 47, 48, 49, 50. Baron-Cohen, S., et al. (2001). "The Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ): Evidence from Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism, Malesand Females, Scientists and Mathematicians." Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders 31(1): 5-17.

REVISION 2

Definition contributed by VSochat about three years ago:The Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) is used to assess if adults of average intelligent have symptoms typical of individuals in the autism spectrum. Published by Simon Baron-Cohen at the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge in 2001, it consists of fifty questions to assess social and communication skills, as well as imagination, attention to detail, and attention switching. Subscales: social skill (items 1,11,13,15,22,36,44,45,47,48) attention switching (items 2,4,10,16,25,32,34,37,43,46) attention to detail (items 5,6,9,12,19,23,28,29,30,49) communication (items 7,17,18,26,27,31,33,35,38,39) imagination (items 3,8,14,20,21,24,40,41,42,50) Each of the items listed above scores 1 point if the respondent records the abnormal or autistic-like behavior either mildly or strongly (see below) “Definitely agree” or “slightly agree” responses scored 1 point, on the following items: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 33, 35, 39, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46. “Definitely disagree” or “slightly disagree” responses scored 1 point, on the following items: 3, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 40, 44, 47, 48, 49, 50. Baron-Cohen, S., et al. (2001). "The Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ): Evidence from Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism, Malesand Females, Scientists and Mathematicians." Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders 31(1): 5-17.

REVISION 1

Definition contributed by VSochat about three years ago:The Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) is used to assess if adults of average intelligent have symptoms typical of individuals in the autism spectrum. Published by Simon Baron-Cohen at the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge in 2001, it consists of fifty questions to assess social and communication skills, as well as imagination, attention to detail, and attention switching.

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