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ERIC Number: EJ1004120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 102
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Multiple Object Tracking in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Koldewyn, Kami; Weigelt, Sarah; Kanwisher, Nancy; Jiang, Yuhong
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v43 n6 p1394-1405 Jun 2013
Difficulties in visual attention are often implicated in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) but it remains unclear which aspects of attention are affected. Here, we used a multiple object tracking (MOT) task to quantitatively characterize dynamic attentional function in children with ASD aged 5-12. While the ASD group performed significantly worse overall, the group difference did not increase with increased object speed. This finding suggests that decreased MOT performance is not due to deficits in dynamic attention but instead to a diminished capacity to select and maintain attention on multiple targets. Further, MOT performance improved from 5 to 10 years in both typical and ASD groups with similar developmental trajectories. These results argue against a specific deficit in dynamic attention in ASD.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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