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ERIC Number: EJ843481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Autism and Dimensionality: Differences between Copying and Drawing Tasks
Sheppard, Elizabeth; Ropar, Danielle; Mitchell, Peter
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v39 n7 p1039-1046 Jul 2009
Previous research suggests individuals with autism may be less influenced by a three-dimensional interpretation when copying line drawings (Sheppard et al. "J Autism Dev Disord" 37:1913-1924, 2007). The current research aimed to determine whether this reduced dimensionality effect extends to drawings of an actual object. Twenty-four children and adolescents with autism and 24 comparison participants copied one line drawing with no depth cues, line drawings with a three-dimensional interpretation, and drew a actual three-dimensional object. Participants with autism were less influenced by three-dimensionality on the copying tasks but were equally affected when drawing the actual object. This suggests that any advantage for three-dimensional drawing in non-savant individuals with autism is confined to situations when the individual copies a line drawing with depth cues.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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