Rapid automatized naming as an index of genetic liability to autism

Molly Losh*, Denise Esserman, Joseph Piven

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This study investigated rapid automatized naming (RAN) ability in high functioning individuals with autism and parents of individuals with autism. Findings revealed parallel patterns of performance in parents and individuals with autism, where both groups had longer naming times than controls. Significant parent-child correlations were also detected, along with associations with language and personality features of the broad autism phenotype (retrospective reports of early language delay, socially reticent personality). Together, findings point towards RAN as a potential marker of genetic liability to autism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-116
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of neurodevelopmental disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2010


  • Autism
  • Broad autism phenotype
  • Endophenotype
  • Rapid automatized naming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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