Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 46, Issue 7, pp 2555–2560 | Cite as

Brief Report: Joint Attention and Information Processing in Children with Higher Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Peter Mundy
  • Kwanguk Kim
  • Nancy McIntyre
  • Lindsay Lerro
  • William Jarrold
Brief Report

Abstract

Theory suggests that information processing during joint attention may be atypical in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This hypothesis was tested in a study of school-aged children with higher functioning ASD and groups of children with symptoms of ADHD or typical development. The results indicated that the control groups displayed significantly better recognition memory for pictures studied in an initiating joint attention (IJA) rather than responding to joint attention (RJA) condition. This effect was not evident in the ASD group. The ASD group also recognized fewer pictures from the IJA condition than controls, but not the RJA condition. Atypical information processing may be a marker of the continued effects of joint attention disturbance in school aged children with ASD.

Keywords

Joint attention Information processing Social cognition Autism Spectrum Disorder 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Mundy
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kwanguk Kim
    • 3
  • Nancy McIntyre
    • 1
  • Lindsay Lerro
    • 1
  • William Jarrold
    • 4
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of California (UC) DavisDavisUSA
  2. 2.MIND InstituteUniversity of California (UC) DavisDavisUSA
  3. 3.Division of Computer and Software EngineeringHanyang UniversitySeoulKorea
  4. 4.Nuance Communications Inc.SunnyvaleUSA

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