Weak central coherence – construct conception, development, research methods
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Warszawski Uniwersytet Medyczny, Klinika Psychiatrii Wieku Rozwojowego
Submission date: 2019-11-18
Final revision date: 2020-03-30
Acceptance date: 2020-04-21
Online publication date: 2021-12-31
Publication date: 2021-12-31
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Anita Bryńska   

Warszawski Uniwersytet Medyczny, Klinika Psychiatrii Wieku Rozwojowego
Psychiatr Pol 2021;55(6):1373-1386
Central coherence allows for integration of different stimuli into a coherent whole. It also enables context-dependent information processing. This term was coined in an effort to arrange multiple observations of cognitive functioning of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Weak central coherence, which is characteristic of ASD, is understood as adivergent cognitive style with a tendency to process incoming information locally. This allows us to describe central coherence as a continuous trait. Despite manifold research programs, a conclusive conceptualization of the construct is still lacking. The open question is whether weak central coherence constitutes alimited ability to integrate stimuli or rather an increased ability to focus on details. An important postulate concerns the establishment of a standard for measuring central coherence and its individual dimensions. Studies of central coherence outside of ASD context are scarce and deal predominantly with eating disorders. The following work is an overview of the current state of knowledge about central coherence construct and methods of research.
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