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ERIC Number: EJ1096497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Children with Autism Detect Targets at Very Rapid Presentation Rates with Similar Accuracy as Adults
Hagmann, Carl Erick; Wyble, Bradley; Shea, Nicole; LeBlanc, Megan; Kates, Wendy R.; Russo, Natalie
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n5 p1762-1772 May 2016
Enhanced perception may allow for visual search superiority by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), but does it occur over time? We tested high-functioning children with ASD, typically developing (TD) children, and TD adults in two tasks at three presentation rates (50, 83.3, and 116.7 ms/item) using rapid serial visual presentation. In the "Color" task, participants detected a purple target letter amongst black letter distractors. In the "Category" task, participants detected a letter amongst number distractors. Slower rates resulted in higher accuracy. Children with ASD were more accurate than TD children and similar to adults at the fastest rate when detecting color-marked targets, indicating atypical neurodevelopment in ASD may cause generalized perceptual enhancement relative to typically developing peers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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