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ERIC Number: EJ835658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0278-2626
Orientation Perception in Williams Syndrome: Discrimination and Integration
Palomares, Melanie; Landau, Barbara; Egeth, Howard
Brain and Cognition, v70 n1 p21-30 Jun 2009
Williams Syndrome (WS) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder, which stems from a genetic deletion on chromosome 7 and causes a profound weakness in visuospatial cognition. Our current study explores how orientation perception may contribute to the visuospatial deficits in WS. In Experiment 1, we found that WS individuals and normal 3-4 year olds had similar orientation discrimination thresholds and had similar prevalence of mirror-reversal errors for diagonal targets ([plus or minus]45 deg). In Experiment 2, we asked whether this immaturity in orientation discrimination would also be reflected in a task requiring integration of oriented elements. We found that sensitivities of WS individuals for detecting orientation-defined contours were higher than sensitivities of normal 3-4 year olds, and were not significantly different from sensitivities of normal adults. Together, these results suggest that orientation discrimination and orientation integration have different maturational trajectories in normal development and different susceptibilities to damage in WS. These may reflect largely separate visuospatial mechanisms. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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