Attentional allocation of autism spectrum disorder individuals : searching for a Face-in-the-Crowd

MOORE, David, REIDY, John and HEAVEY, Lisa (2016). Attentional allocation of autism spectrum disorder individuals : searching for a Face-in-the-Crowd. Autism, 20 (2), 163-171.

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    Abstract

    A study is reported which tests the proposition that faces capture the attention of those with autism spectrum disorders less than a typical population. A visual search task based on the Face-in-the-Crowd paradigm was used to examine the attentional allocation of autism spectrum disorder adults for faces. Participants were required to search for discrepant target images from within 9-image arrays. Both participants with autism spectrum disorder and control participants demonstrated speeded identification of faces compared to non-face objects. This indicates that when attention is under conscious control, both autism spectrum disorder and typically developing comparison adults show an attentional bias for faces, which contrasts with previous research which found an absence of an attentional bias for faces in autism spectrum disorder. Theoretical implications of this differentiation are discussed.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Psychology Research Group
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361315573637
    Page Range: 163-171
    Depositing User: John Reidy
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2016 09:40
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 16:23
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13993

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