Autism and a deficit in broadening the spread of visual attention.

  title={Autism and a deficit in broadening the spread of visual attention.},
  author={Tania A Mann and Peter Walker},
  journal={Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines},
  volume={44 2},
BACKGROUND This study examines if visual attention in autism is spatially overfocused (Townsend & Courchesne, 1994) and if there is an associated deficit in broadening the spatial spread of attention. METHOD Two crosshairs were presented on each trial separated by a brief (500 ms) interval. There was a modest difference in the lengths of the two hairs in each crosshair and participants had to decide which one was longest. Previous research (Mack & Rock, 1998) has revealed that in making this… CONTINUE READING


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