ERIC Number: EJ917918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
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Reference Count: 33
Detecting Social and Non-Social Changes in Natural Scenes: Performance of Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorders and Typical Adults
Sheth, Bhavin R.; Liu, James; Olagbaju, Olayemi; Varghese, Larry; Mansour, Rosleen; Reddoch, Stacy; Pearson, Deborah A.; Loveland, Katherine A.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v41 n4 p434-446 Apr 2011
We probed differences in the ability to detect and interpret social cues in adults and in children and young adolescents with and without autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by investigating the effect of various social and non-social contexts on the visual exploration of pictures of natural scenes. Children and adolescents relied more on social referencing cues in the scene as compared to adults, and in the presence of such cues, were less able to use other kinds of cues. Typically developing children and adolescents were no better than those with ASD at detecting changes within the various social contexts. Results suggest children and adolescents with ASD use relevant social cues while searching a scene just as typical children do.
Descriptors: Cues, Autism, Early Adolescents, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Adults, Social Development, Interpersonal Competence, Social Influences, Social Environment, Pictorial Stimuli, Visual Perception, Comparative Analysis
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