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Young children with autism spectrum disorder do not preferentially attend to biological motion

Annaz, Dagmara and Campbell, Ruth and Coleman, Mike and Milne, Elizabeth and Swettenham, John (2012) Young children with autism spectrum disorder do not preferentially attend to biological motion. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42 (3). pp. 401-408. ISSN 0162-3257. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

Preferential attention to biological motion can be seen in typically developing infants in the first few days of life and is thought to be an important precursor in the development of social communication. We examined whether children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) aged 3-7 years preferentially attend to point-light displays depicting biological motion. We found that children with ASD did not preferentially attend to biological motion over phase-scrambled motion, but did preferentially attend to a point-light display of a spinning top rather than a human walker. In contrast a neurotypical matched control group preferentially attended to the human, biological motion in both conditions. The results suggest a core deficit in attending to biological motion in ASD.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Psychology and Human Development
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 02:00
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:57
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