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    Faces do not capture special attention in children with autism spectrum disorder: a change blindness study

    Kikuchi, Y. and Senju, Atsushi and Tojo, Y. and Osanai, H. and Hasegawa, T. (2009) Faces do not capture special attention in children with autism spectrum disorder: a change blindness study. Child Development 80 (5), pp. 1421-1433. ISSN 0009-3920.

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    Abstract

    Two experiments investigated attention of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to faces and objects. In both experiments, children (7- to 15-year-olds) detected the difference between 2 visual scenes. Results in Experiment 1 revealed that typically developing children (n = 16) detected the change in faces faster than in objects, whereas children with ASD (n = 16) were equally fast in detecting changes in faces and objects. These results were replicated in Experiment 2 (n = 16 in children with ASD and 22 in typically developing children), which does not require face recognition skill. Results suggest that children with ASD lack an attentional bias toward others' faces, which could contribute to their atypical social orienting.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2010 10:18
    Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 11:56
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2563

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