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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 4/2012

01-04-2012 | Brief Report

Brief Report: Faces Cause Less Distraction in Autism

Auteurs: Deborah M. Riby, Philippa H. Brown, Nicola Jones, Mary Hanley

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 4/2012

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Abstract

Individuals with autism have difficulties interpreting face cues that contribute to deficits of social communication. When faces need to be processed for meaning they fail to capture and hold the attention of individuals with autism. In the current study we illustrate that faces fail to capture attention in a typical manner even when they are non-functional to task completion. In a visual search task with a present butterfly target an irrelevant face distracter significantly slows performance of typical individuals. However, participants with autism (n = 28; mean 10 years 4 months) of comparable non-verbal ability are not distracted by the faces. Interestingly, there is a significant relationship between level of functioning on the autism spectrum and degree of face capture or distraction.
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Note that the reaction times may seem relatively slow compared to other studies of a similar nature, however this is due to the nature of the child participants and the inclusion of individuals with intellectual difficulties.
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
Brief Report: Faces Cause Less Distraction in Autism
Auteurs
Deborah M. Riby
Philippa H. Brown
Nicola Jones
Mary Hanley
Publicatiedatum
01-04-2012
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 4/2012
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-011-1266-1