Eye movements, visual attention, and autism: a saccadic reaction time study using the gap and overlap paradigm.

@article{Geest2001EyeMV,
  title={Eye movements, visual attention, and autism: a saccadic reaction time study using the gap and overlap paradigm.},
  author={Jos N van der Geest and Chantal Kemner and Gert Camfferman and Marinus Nicholaas Verbaten and Herman van Engeland},
  journal={Biological psychiatry},
  year={2001},
  volume={50 8},
  pages={614-9}
}
BACKGROUND On the basis of the literature on autism, it was hypothesized that children with autism have deficits in attentional (dis-)engagement mechanisms. METHODS A saccadic gap-overlap task was used to study visual engagement and disengagement in 16 high-functioning autistic children of about 10 years of age and 15 age- and IQ-matched normal control children. Subjects were asked to make saccadic eye movements from a fixation point to a suddenly appearing target as fast as possible. The… CONTINUE READING