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ERIC Number: EJ950861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9630
Discrimination of Temporal Synchrony in Intermodal Events by Children with Autism and Children with Developmental Disabilities without Autism
Bebko, James M.; Weiss, Jonathan A.; Demark, Jenny L.; Gomez, Pamela
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, v47 n1 p88-98 Jan 2006
Background: This project examined the intermodal perception of temporal synchrony in 16 young children (ages 4 to 6 years) with autism compared to a group of children without impairments matched on adaptive age, and a group of children with other developmental disabilities matched on chronological and adaptive age. Method: A preferential looking paradigm was used, where participants viewed non-linguistic, simple linguistic or complex linguistic events on two screens displaying identical video tracks, but one offset from the other by 3 seconds, and with the single audio track matched to only one of the displays. Results: As predicted, both comparison groups demonstrated significant non-random preferential looking to violations of temporal synchrony with linguistic and non-linguistic stimuli. However, the group with autism showed an impaired, chance level of responding, except when presented with non-linguistic stimuli. Conclusions: Several explanations are offered for this apparently autism-specific, language-specific pattern of responding to temporal synchrony, and potential developmental sequelae are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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