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Chabani, Ellahe; Hommel, Bernhard – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2014
Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have been assumed to show evidence of abnormal visuospatial processing, which has been attributed to a failure to integrate local features into coherent global Gestalts and/or to a bias towards local processing. As the available data are based on baseline performance only, which does not provide…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Visual Perception, Spatial Ability
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Koldewyn, Kami; Weigelt, Sarah; Kanwisher, Nancy; Jiang, Yuhong – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2013
Difficulties in visual attention are often implicated in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) but it remains unclear which aspects of attention are affected. Here, we used a multiple object tracking (MOT) task to quantitatively characterize dynamic attentional function in children with ASD aged 5-12. While the ASD group performed significantly worse…
Descriptors: Autism, Attention, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Cognitive Processes
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Salowitz, Nicole M. G.; Eccarius, Petra; Karst, Jeffrey; Carson, Audrey; Schohl, Kirsten; Stevens, Sheryl; Van Hecke, Amy Vaughan; Scheidt, Robert A. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2013
Thirteen autistic and 14 typically developing children (controls) imitated hand/arm gestures and performed mirror drawing; both tasks assessed ability to reorganize the relationship between spatial goals and the motor commands needed to acquire them. During imitation, children with autism were less accurate than controls in replicating hand shape,…
Descriptors: Autism, Imitation, Cognitive Processes, Pervasive Developmental Disorders