Brief Report: Eye-Movement Patterns During an Embedded Figures Test in Children with ASD
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The present study examined fixation frequency and duration during an Embedded Figures Test (EFT) in an effort to better understand the attentional and perceptual processes by which individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) achieve accelerated EFT performance. In particular, we aimed to elucidate differences in the patterns of eye-movement in ASD and typically developing (TD) children, thus providing evidence relevant to the competing theories of weak central coherence (WCC) and enhanced perceptual functioning. Consistent with prior EFT studies, we found accelerated response time (RT) in children with ASD. No group differences were seen for fixation frequency, but the ASD group made significantly shorter fixations compared to the TD group. Eye-movement results indicate that RT advantage in ASD is related to both WCC and enhanced perceptual functioning.
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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume 39, Issue 2 , pp 383-387
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- Visual perception
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- 1. Joint Doctoral Program in Language and Communicative Disorders, San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA
- 2. Brain Development Imaging Laboratory, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, MC1863, 6363 Alvarado Ct., #225 E, San Diego, CA, 92120, USA
- 3. University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, USA
- 4. Developmental Neuropsychology Laboratory, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA, 92131, USA
- 5. Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, 92120, USA
- 6. Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, 92120, USA