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ERIC Number: EJ924228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Brief Report: Driving Hazard Perception in Autism
Sheppard, Elizabeth; Ropar, Danielle; Underwood, Geoffrey; van Loon, Editha
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v40 n4 p504-508 Apr 2010
This study investigated whether individuals with ASD (autistic spectrum disorders) are able to identify driving hazards, given their difficulties processing social information, Klin et al. ("Archives of General Psychiatry" 59: 809-816, 2002). Twenty-three adult males with ASD and 21 comparison participants viewed 10 video clips containing driving hazards. In half of the clips the source of the hazard was a visible person (social); in the other half the source was a car (non-social). Participants with ASD identified fewer social hazards than the comparison participants (U = 163.00, N = 44, p less than 0.05) but not non-social. Participants with ASD were also slower to respond than comparison participants, F(1,40) = 4.93, p less than 0.05. This suggests that, although people with ASD can perceive driving hazards they may have specific difficulty identifying them if they involve a person.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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