Difficulties predicting time-to-arrival in individuals with autism spectrum disorders

Sheppard, Elizabeth and van Loon, Editha and Underwood, Geoffrey and Ropar, Danielle (2016) Difficulties predicting time-to-arrival in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 28 . pp. 17-23. ISSN 1750-9467

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Previous research suggests people with ASD may have various difficulties in processing and interacting with motion in the environment. We investigated whether individuals with ASD have difficulty judging the location of moving objects in a driving context using a time-to-arrival task.


Participants with and without ASD viewed scenes that simulated self-motion towards a junction, while another car approached on a side road. Scenes terminated prior to either car reaching the junction and participants were required to decide which car would reach the junction first.


Participants with ASD made fewer correct responses although this was only true when self-motion was on a straight road.


This difficulty in judging the location of moving objects could contribute to difficulties people with ASD experience in learning to drive.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Autism spectrum disorders; driving; motion; prediction impairment; time-to-arrival
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2016.05.001
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2016 09:06
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 13:22
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/33501

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