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    ERP abnormalities of illusory contour perception in Williams Syndrome

    Grice, S.J. and De Haan, M. and Halit, H. and Johnson, M.H. and Csibra, Gergely and Grant, J. (2003) ERP abnormalities of illusory contour perception in Williams Syndrome. NeuroReport 14 (14), pp. 1773-1777. ISSN 0959-4965.

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    Williams syndrome is a genetic disorder in which visuo-spatial performance is poor. Theorists have claimed that the deficit lies in high-level processing, leaving low-level visual processes intact. We investigated this claim by examining an aspect of low-level processing, perceptual completion, i.e. the ability of this clinical group to perceive illusory Kanizsa squares. We then used event-related potentials to examine neural correlates of perceptual completion. While participants were able to perceive illusory contours, the neural correlates of this apparently normal perception were different from controls. Such differences in low-level visual processes may significantly impact on the development of higher-level visual processes. We conclude that, contrary to earlier claims, there is atypical neural processing during low-level visual perception in Williams syndrome.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 15:21
    Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 15:21


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