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ERIC Number: EJ825241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Brief Report: Eye-Movement Patterns during an Embedded Figures Test in Children with ASD
Keehn, Brandon; Brenner, Laurie A.; Ramos, Aurora I.; Lincoln, Alan J.; Marshall, Sandra P.; Muller, Ralph-Axel
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v39 n2 p383-387 Feb 2009
The present study examined fixation frequency and duration during an Embedded Figures Test (EFT) in an effort to better understand the attentional and perceptual processes by which individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) achieve accelerated EFT performance. In particular, we aimed to elucidate differences in the patterns of eye-movement in ASD and typically developing (TD) children, thus providing evidence relevant to the competing theories of weak central coherence (WCC) and enhanced perceptual functioning. Consistent with prior EFT studies, we found accelerated response time (RT) in children with ASD. No group differences were seen for fixation frequency, but the ASD group made significantly shorter fixations compared to the TD group. Eye-movement results indicate that RT advantage in ASD is related to both WCC and enhanced perceptual functioning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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