Visual recognition of biological motion is impaired in children with autism.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Autistic children and typically developing control children were tested on two visual tasks, one involving grouping of small line elements into a global figure and the other involving perception of human activity portrayed in point-light animations. Performance of the two groups was equivalent on the figure task, but autistic children were significantly impaired on the biological motion task. This latter deficit may be related to the impaired social skills characteristic of autism, and we speculate that this deficit may implicate abnormalities in brain areas mediating perception of human movement.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Blake, R; Turner, LM; Smoski, MJ; Pozdol, SL; Stone, WL

Published Date

  • March 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 151 - 157

PubMed ID

  • 12661677

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0956-7976

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/1467-9280.01434


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States