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ERIC Number: EJ872181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1362-3613
Attentional Blink in Young People with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger's Disorder
Rinehart, Nicole; Tonge, Bruce; Brereton, Avril; Bradshaw, John
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v14 n1 p47-66 2010
The aim of the study was to examine the temporal characteristics of information processing in individuals with high-functioning autism and Asperger's disorder using a rapid serial visual presentation paradigm. The results clearly showed that such people demonstrate an attentional blink of similar magnitude to comparison groups. This supports the proposition that the social processing difficulties experienced by these individuals are not underpinned by a basic temporal-cognitive processing deficit, which is consistent with Minshew's complex information processing theory. This is the second study to show that "automatic inhibitory" processes are intact in both autism and Asperger's disorder, which appears to distinguish these disorders from some other frontostriatal disorders. The finding that individuals with autism were generally poorer than the comparison group at detecting black Xs, while being as good in responding to white letters, was accounted for in the context of a potential dual-task processing difficulty or visual search superiority. (Contains 2 tables, 7 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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