Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 917–923

Inhibition of Return in Response to Eye Gaze and Peripheral Cues in Young People with Asperger’s Syndrome

  • Andrea Marotta
  • Augusto Pasini
  • Sabrina Ruggiero
  • Lisa Maccari
  • Caterina Rosa
  • Juan Lupiáñez
  • Maria Casagrande
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-012-1636-3

Cite this article as:
Marotta, A., Pasini, A., Ruggiero, S. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2013) 43: 917. doi:10.1007/s10803-012-1636-3

Abstract

Inhibition of return (IOR) reflects slower reaction times to stimuli presented in previously attended locations. In this study, we examined this inhibitory after-effect using two different cue types, eye-gaze and standard peripheral cues, in individuals with Asperger’s syndrome and typically developing individuals. Typically developing participants showed evidence of IOR for both eye-gaze and peripheral cues. In contrast, the Asperger group showed evidence of IOR to previously peripherally cued locations but failed to show IOR for eye-gaze cues. This absence of IOR for eye-gaze cues observed in the participants with Asperger may reflect an attentional impairment in responding to socially relevant information.

Keywords

Asperger’s disorder Inhibition of return Eye-gaze cue Social attention 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Marotta
    • 1
  • Augusto Pasini
    • 2
  • Sabrina Ruggiero
    • 1
  • Lisa Maccari
    • 1
  • Caterina Rosa
    • 2
  • Juan Lupiáñez
    • 3
  • Maria Casagrande
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology“Sapienza” University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryUniversity of Rome “Tor Vergata”RomeItaly
  3. 3.Departamento de Psicología Experimental y Fisiología del ComportamientoUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain

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