Social motivation in autism: Gaps and directions for measurement of a putative core construct

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 42 (2019)
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This commentary highlights the observation that social motivation is usually an imprecisely specified construct. We suggest four social motivation conceptualizations across levels of analysis and explore where the target article situates among these. We then offer theoretical and practical guidance for operationalization and measurement of social motivation to support more comprehensive future research on this complex construct in the autism literature.



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