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Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ)

What is an autism spectrum disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder (autism spectrum disorder) is a state characterized by the predominance of closed inner life, isolation from the outside world, poverty of expression of emotions and a limited range of interests.

People with this disorder have trouble in establishing and maintaining relations with other people - it is difficult for them to take sincere interest in others, to maintain dialogue, to recognize non-verbal signals, to respond adequately to social interactions. In particularly severe cases, the disorder results in a complete lack of interest in contact with others.

Many people with this disorder are «obsessed» with studying one subject, which allows them to achieve good results in this field. For example, according to recent studies, among the winners of mathematical Olympics, the propensity for ASD is significantly higher than the average.

Today in the United States, about 1% of the population is affected to varying degrees.

Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ)

In 2001, Simon Barron-Cohen and his colleagues at the Cambridge Autism Research Centre developed the Autism-Spectrum Quotient Test (AQ) questionnaire to measure ASD propensity. This test evaluates how strongly the traits associated with autism spectrum disorder are expressed. This test is intended for adults (16+) regardless of sex. Various studies suggest that a full questionnaire of 50 questions is more valid and reliable than a short version of 10 questions, so we provide you with an online version of the full AQ-50 questionnaire.

Remember that this test is not a diagnostic tool and a high rate does not always indicate the presence of an autism spectrum disorder.

Instruction

You will be offered 50 statements, read each statement very carefully and rate how much you agree or disagree with each of them.

Note this test is intended strictly for informational, educational and entertainment purposes; its results cannot replace the real help of a specialist and should not be used for making any decision.

1. I prefer to do things with others rather than on my own.
2. I prefer to do things the same way over and over again.
3. If I try to imagine something, I find it very easy to create a picture in my mind.
4. I frequently get so strongly absorbed in one thing that I lose sight of other things.
5. I often notice small sounds when others do not.
6. I usually notice car number plates or similar strings of information.
7. Other people frequently tell me that what I've said is impolite, even though I think it is polite.
8. When I'm reading a story, I can easily imagine what the characters might look like.
9. I am fascinated by dates.
10. In a social group, I can easily keep track of several different people's conversations.
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