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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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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01342.x

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.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2010 10:18
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2563

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