Modulation of global and local processing biases in adults with autistic-like traits

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Abstract

Previous work shows that doing a continuous performance task (CPT) shifts attentional biases in neurotypical individuals towards global aspects of hierarchical Navon figures by selectively activating right hemisphere regions associated with global processing. The present study examines whether CPT can induce similar modulations of attention in individuals with high levels of autistic traits who typically show global processing impairments. Participants categorized global or local aspects of Navon figures in pre- and post-CPT blocks. Post-CPT, high trait individuals showed increased global interference during local categorization. This result suggests that CPT may be useful for temporarily enhancing global processing in individuals with high levels of autistic traits and possibly those diagnosed with autism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2757–2769
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume47
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

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