Flexible visual processing in young adults with autism: the effects of implicit learning on a global–local task


Hayward, Dana, Shore, David, Ristic, Jelena, Kovshoff, Hanna, Iarocci, Grace, Mottron, Laurent and Burack, Jake (2012) Flexible visual processing in young adults with autism: the effects of implicit learning on a global–local task. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (doi:10.1007/s10803-012-1485-0). (In Press).

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Description/Abstract

Abstract We utilized a hierarchical figures task to
determine the default level of perceptual processing and the
flexibility of visual processing in a group of high-functioning
young adults with autism (n = 12) and a typically
developing young adults, matched by chronological age
and IQ (n = 12). In one task, participants attended to one
level of the figure and ignored the other in order to determine
the default level of processing. In the other task,
participants attended to both levels and the proportion of
trials in which a target would occur at either level was
manipulated. Both groups exhibited a global processing
bias and showed similar flexibility in performance,
suggesting that persons with autism may not be impaired in
flexible shifting between task levels.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0162-3257 (print)
1573-3432 (electronic)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Psychology > Clinical Neuroscience
ePrint ID: 337084
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2012 14:00
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:20
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/337084

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