Attentional differences in a driving hazard perception task in adults with autism spectrum disorders

Sheppard, Elizabeth and van Loon, Editha and Underwood, Geoffrey and Ropar, Danielle (2016) Attentional differences in a driving hazard perception task in adults with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders . ISSN 1573-3432

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Abstract

The current study explored attentional processing of social and non social stimuli in ASD within the context of a driving hazard perception task. Participants watched videos of road scenes and detected hazards while their eye movements were recorded. Although individuals with ASD demonstrated relatively good detection of driving hazards, they were slower to orient to hazards. Greater attentional capture in the time preceding the hazards’ onset was associated with lower verbal IQ. The findings suggest that individuals with ASD may distribute and direct their attention diferently when identifying driving hazards.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Attention, Autism spectrum disorders, Driving, Eye-tracking, Hazard perception
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-016-2965-4
Depositing User: Sheppard, Elizabeth
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2016 11:10
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2016 05:23
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/38844

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