Change detection in naturalistic pictures among children with autism

Jacob A. Burack, Shari Joseph, Natalie Russo, David I. Shore, Mafalda Porporino, James T. Enns

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Persons with autism often show strong reactions to changes in the environment, suggesting that they may detect changes more efficiently than typically developing (TD) persons. However, Fletcher-Watson et al. (Br J Psychol 97:537-554, 2006) reported no differences between adults with autism and TD adults with a change-detection task. In this study, we also found no initial differences in change-detection between children with autism and NVMA-matched TD children, although differences emerged when detection failures were related to the developmental level of the participants. Whereas detection failures decreased with increasing developmental level for TD children, detection failures remained constant over the same developmental range for children with autism, pointing to an atypical developmental trajectory for change-detection among children with autism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-479
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Attention
  • Change detection
  • Development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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