ERIC Number: EJ1038406
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Bottom-up Attention Orienting in Young Children with Autism
Amso, Dima; Haas, Sara; Tenenbaum, Elena; Markant, Julie; Sheinkopf, Stephen J.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n3 p664-673 Mar 2014
We examined the impact of simultaneous bottom-up visual influences and meaningful social stimuli on attention orienting in young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Relative to typically-developing age and sex matched participants, children with ASDs were more influenced by bottom-up visual scene information regardless of whether social stimuli and bottom-up scene properties were congruent or competing. This initial reliance on bottom-up strategies correlated with severity of social impairment as well as receptive language impairments. These data provide support for the idea that there is enhanced reliance on bottom-up attention strategies in ASDs, and that this may have a negative impact on social and language development.
Descriptors: Autism, Young Children, Attention, Stimuli, Interpersonal Competence, Social Development, Language Acquisition, Severity (of Disability), Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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