Superior Visual Search and Crowding Abilities Are Not Characteristic of All Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Ebony Lindor, Nicole Rinehart, Joanne Fielding
JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2018
Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often excel on visual search and crowding tasks; however, inconsistent findings suggest that this 'islet of ability' may not be characteristic of the entire spectrum. We examined whether performance on these tasks changed as a function of motor proficiency in children with varying levels of ASD symptomology. Children with high ASD symptomology outperformed all others on complex visual search tasks, but only if their motor skills were rated at, or above, age expectations. For the visual crowding task, children with high ASD symptomology and superior motor skills exhibited enhanced target discrimination, whereas those with high ASD symptomology b..View full abstract
The work was supported by doctoral research funding from the School of Psychological Sciences and Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Monash University, Clayton, VIC, 3800, Australia.