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ERIC Number: EJ904629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0028-3932
Lack of Developmental Improvement on a Face Memory Task during Adolescence in Autism
O'Hearn, Kirsten; Schroer, Elizabeth; Minshew, Nancy; Luna, Beatriz
Neuropsychologia, v48 n13 p3955-3960 Nov 2010
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are associated with abnormalities in face memory, which evidence suggests has a protracted development through adolescence. The development of face memory in people with and without ASD, from 9 to 29 years old, was examined using the Cambridge Face Memory Test (CFMT). Results indicate that the developmental improvement evident from adolescence to adulthood typically was not apparent in individuals with ASD. While children and adolescents with ASD performed similarly to typically developing individuals comparable in age and IQ, adults with ASD displayed limitations on the CFMT. The pattern of performance was constant across conditions despite differences in the timing of the presentation and delay. This atypical development in ASD is consistent with the view that the processing of complex visual stimuli continues to develop through adolescence, along with the function and structure of the temporal lobes, but that this process is disrupted in ASD. This result underscores the importance of characterizing adolescent development for understanding ASD, and suggests additional opportunities for intervention. (Contains 4 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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