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ERIC Number: EJ1037947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Viewing Social Scenes: A Visual Scan-Path Study Comparing Fragile X Syndrome and Williams Syndrome
Williams, Tracey A.; Porter, Melanie A.; Langdon, Robyn
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v43 n8 p1880-1894 Aug 2013
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) and Williams syndrome (WS) are both genetic disorders which present with similar cognitive-behavioral problems, but distinct social phenotypes. Despite these social differences both syndromes display poor social relations which may result from abnormal social processing. This study aimed to manipulate the location of socially salient information within scenes to investigate the visual attentional mechanisms of: capture, disengagement, and/or general engagement. Findings revealed that individuals with FXS avoid social information presented centrally, at least initially. The WS findings, on the other hand, provided some evidence that difficulties with attentional disengagement, rather than attentional capture, may play a role in the WS social phenotype. These findings are discussed in relation to the distinct social phenotypes of these two disorders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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