Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 43, Issue 8, pp 1956–1966 | Cite as

An Examination of Iconic Memory in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Carly A. McMorris
  • Stephanie M. Brown
  • James M. Bebko
Original Paper


Iconic memory is the ability to accurately recall a number of items after a very brief visual exposure. Previous research has examined these capabilities in typically developing (TD) children and individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID); however, there is limited research on these abilities in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Twenty-one TD and eighteen ASD children were presented with circular visual arrays of letters for 100 ms and were asked to recall as many letters as possible or a single letter that was cued for recall. Groups did not differ in the number of items recalled, the rate of information decay, or speed of information processing. These findings suggest that iconic memory is an intact skill for children with ASD, a result that has implications for subsequent information processing.


Autism spectrum disorder Visual memory Information processing Iconic memory Recall Speed of processing 



The authors would like to thank all the families who participated in this project. We would also like to thank Jeanette Holden and Melissa Hudson from the Autism Spectrum Disorders-Canadian-American Research Consortium (ASD-CARC) for support in data collection for the present study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carly A. McMorris
    • 1
  • Stephanie M. Brown
    • 1
  • James M. Bebko
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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