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ERIC Number: EJ1037730
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Global/Local Processing in Autism: Not a Disability, but a Disinclination
Koldewyn, Kami; Jiang, Yuhong V.; Weigelt, Sarah; Kanwisher, Nancy
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v43 n10 p2329-2340 Oct 2013
It is widely suggested that ASD is characterized by atypical local/global processing, but the published findings are contradictory. In an effort to resolve this question, we tested a large group of children on both a free-choice task and an instructed task using hierarchical local-global stimuli. We find that although children with autism showed a reduced preference to report global properties of a stimulus when given a choice, their ability to process global properties when instructed to do so is unimpaired. These findings support prior claims that people with ASD show a disinclination, not a disability, in global processing, and highlight the broader question of whether other characteristics of autism may also reflect disinclinations rather than disabilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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