Movie for the Assessment of Social Cognition (MASC): Spanish validation

G. Lahera, L. Boada, E. Pousa, I. Mirapeix, G. Morón-Nozaleda, L. Marinas, L. Gisbert, M. Pamiàs, M. Parellada

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We present the Spanish validation of the "Movie for the Assessment of Social Cognition" instrument (MASC-SP). We recruited 22 adolescents and young adults with Asperger syndrome and 26 participants with typical development. The MASC-SP and three other social cognition instruments (Ekman Pictures of Facial Affect test, Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test, and Happé's Strange Stories) were administered to both groups. Individuals with Asperger syndrome had significantly lower scores in all measures of social cognition. The MASC-SP showed strong correlations with all three measures and relative independence of general cognitive functions. Internal consistency was optimal (0.86) and the test-retest was good. The MASC-SP is an ecologically valid and useful tool for assessing social cognition in the Spanish population. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1886-1896
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Asperger syndrome
  • Autism
  • MASC
  • Social cognition
  • Theory of mind


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