Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Experimental Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Jason Popan

Second Advisor

Dr. Cheryl Fielding

Third Advisor

Valerie Neeley


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by persistent deficits in social interaction. Perspective-taking and emotion identification are important skills to develop appropriate social interactions. Previous research has shown that children with ASD may lack the ability to relate emotionally to others. Research has also shown a deficit in perspective-taking skills in children with ASD. The selected studies reviewed in this thesis analyze seven articles that show research on children with ASD regarding their emotional identification and perspective-taking skills. Articles searched under the words “emotion identification,” “perspective-taking,” and “autism” obtained from the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection using the EBSCO database provided by The University of Rio Grande Valley.

The review of selected studies examines the capability of children with ASD to learn perspective-taking by teaching emotion identification and theory of mind. The review of selected articles also examines the ability of children with ASD to identify emotion in comparison to typically developing children. The purpose of the review of selected studies is, therefore, to evaluate and summarize the findings and provide recommendations for future research.


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