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Gaze and visual search strategies of children with Asperger syndrome/high functioning autism viewing a magic trick
Curtin University, Australia.
Curtin University, Australia.
Curtin University, Australia.
Curtin University, Australia.
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2016 (English)In: Developmental Neurorehabilitation, ISSN 1751-8423, E-ISSN 1751-8431, Vol. 19, no 2, 95-102 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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Objective: To examine visual search patterns and strategies used by children with and without Asperger syndrome/high functioning autism (AS/HFA) while watching a magic trick. Limited responsivity to gaze cues is hypothesised to contribute to social deficits in children with AS/HFA. Methods: Twenty-one children with AS/HFA and 31 matched peers viewed a video of a gaze-cued magic trick twice. Between the viewings, they were informed about how the trick was performed. Participants eye movements were recorded using a head-mounted eye-tracker. Results: Children with AS/HFA looked less frequently and had shorter fixation on the magicians direct and averted gazes during both viewings and more frequently at not gaze-cued objects and on areas outside the magicians face. After being informed of how the trick was conducted, both groups made fewer fixations on gaze-cued objects and direct gaze. Conclusions: Information may enhance effective visual strategies in children with and without AS/HFA.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC , 2016. Vol. 19, no 2, 95-102 p.
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Eye tracking; social gaze behaviour; visual perception; naturalistic stimuli
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Basic Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-126809DOI: 10.3109/17518423.2014.913081ISI: 000370552000004PubMedID: 24866104OAI: diva2:917720
Available from: 2016-04-07 Created: 2016-04-05 Last updated: 2016-04-07

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