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ERIC Number: EJ954555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Evidence for a Cultural Influence on Field-Independence in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Koh, Hwan Cui; Milne, Elizabeth
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v42 n2 p181-190 Feb 2012
Field-independence, or weak central coherence, is a recognised phenotype of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There is also evidence of cultural variation in this perceptual style, as neurotypical individuals from Western nations are more field-independent than neurotypical individuals from East-Asian nations. The majority of research on perceptual style in those with ASD has been carried out in Western nations therefore it is unclear whether increased field-independence in ASD is a culturally universal phenotype. Here, we assessed perceptual style in children with and without ASD from England and Singapore using the Children's Embedded Figures Test and the Framed-Line Test. We found increased field-independence in the English participants with ASD only, suggesting that weak central coherence in ASD is not culturally universal.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore; United Kingdom (England)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Embedded Figures Test