ERIC Number: EJ1093196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
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Reference Count: 64
Eye Tracking Reveals Impaired Attentional Disengagement Associated with Sensory Response Patterns in Children with Autism
Sabatos-DeVito, Maura; Schipul, Sarah E.; Bulluck, John C.; Belger, Aysenil; Baranek, Grace T.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n4 p1319-1333 Apr 2016
This study used a gap-overlap paradigm to examine the impact of distractor salience and temporal overlap on the ability to disengage and orient attention in 50 children (4-13 years) with ASD, DD and TD, and associations between attention and sensory response patterns. Results revealed impaired disengagement and orienting accuracy in ASD. Disengagement was impaired across all groups during temporal overlap for dynamic stimuli compared to static, but only ASD showed slower disengagement from multimodal relative to unimodal dynamic stimuli. Attentional disengagement had differential associations with distinct sensory response patterns in ASD and DD. Atypical sensory processing and temporal binding appear to be intertwined with development of disengagement in ASD, but longitudinal studies are needed to unravel causal pathways.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Eye Movements, Attention, Sensory Experience, Responses, Children, Developmental Disabilities, Time, Sensory Integration
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