Attention Allocation During Exploration of Visual Arrays in ASD: Results from the ABC-CT Feasibility Study.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Visual exploration paradigms involving object arrays have been used to examine salience of social stimuli such as faces in ASD. Recent work suggests performance on these paradigms may associate with clinical features of ASD. We evaluate metrics from a visual exploration paradigm in 4-to-11-year-old children with ASD (n = 23; 18 males) and typical development (TD; n = 23; 13 males). Presented with arrays containing faces and nonsocial stimuli, children with ASD looked less at (p = 0.002) and showed fewer fixations to (p = 0.022) faces than TD children, and spent less time looking at each object on average (p = 0.004). Attention to the screen and faces correlated positively with social and cognitive skills in the ASD group (ps < .05). This work furthers our understanding of objective measures of visual exploration in ASD and its potential for quantifying features of ASD.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tsang, T; Naples, AJ; Barney, EC; Xie, M; Bernier, R; Dawson, G; Dziura, J; Faja, S; Jeste, SS; McPartland, JC; Nelson, CA; Murias, M; Seow, H; Sugar, C; Webb, SJ; Shic, F; Johnson, SP

Published Date

  • June 3, 2022

Published In

PubMed ID

  • 35657448

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3432

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10803-022-05569-0


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States