Brief Report: Flanker Visual Filtering Ability in Older Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Recent research has documented impaired ability to resist interference from visual distractors in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and suggests that this phenomenon may be more pronounced in young versus older children (Christ et al., Neuropsychology 25(6):690–701, 2011). The present study extends previous findings by examining visual filtering inhibitory ability within an older adolescent population. A flanker visual filtering task was administered to 36 adolescents with ASD and 44 adolescents without ASD (age: 11–20 years). Analysis revealed no evidence of group differences in visual filtering performance. Taken together with previous research, these results suggest that during early adolescence the previously observed impairment may resolve or compensatory strategies develop, allowing individuals with ASD to perform as well as their neurotypical peers.
KeywordsAutism Visuoperception Inhibitory control Executive function Development Inhibition
KB contributed to the analysis, interpretation, and writing up of the present dataset. All remaining others (JS, DB, and SC) contributed to the design, implementation, and write up. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
This research was supported by grants from the University of Missouri Research Board, Autism Speaks (Grant 2718), and the University of Missouri Thompson Center Scholar Program.
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All authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
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