I’ve been doing work on a paper on the boundaries and nature of the moral community recently, and I’ve got a section in there on adults with high-functioning autism. In trying to work out the relation between guilt, moral motivation, and moral responsibility, I’ve found I need to say something about the role of guilt in the life of the high-functioning autistic adult. This should have been an easy empirical matter to sort out, but I’m having a lot of difficulty finding anything of value on this issue. So I’m coming to you today, hat in hand, to see if you can help out in any way. Do any of you know of any research on the existence (or non-existence) of complex social emotions like guilt, shame, remorse, and/or regret in adults with high-functioning autism (including Asperger’s syndrome), as well as its relation to motivation in them? I’ve of course done the usual web searches, with little success. I’m hoping, though, that there might be some research or discussion available in some books or unlikely sources that some of you may know about. If so, I’d greatly appreciate your sharing it with me.