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Drawing Firmer Conclusions: Autistic Children Show No Evidence of a Local Processing Bias in a Controlled Copying Task

Smith, AD; Kenny, L; Rudnicka, A; Briscoe, J; Pellicano, E; (2016) Drawing Firmer Conclusions: Autistic Children Show No Evidence of a Local Processing Bias in a Controlled Copying Task. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders , 46 (11) pp. 3481-3492. 10.1007/s10803-016-2889-z. Green open access

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Abstract

Drawing tasks are frequently used to test competing theories of visuospatial skills in autism. Yet, methodological differences between studies have led to inconsistent findings. To distinguish between accounts based on local bias or global deficit, we present a simple task that has previously revealed dissociable local/global impairments in neuropsychological patients. Autistic and typical children copied corner elements, arranged in a square configuration. Grouping cues were manipulated to test whether global properties affected the accuracy of reproduction. All children were similarly affected by these manipulations. There was no group difference in the reproduction of local elements, although global accuracy was negatively related to better local processing for autistic children. These data speak against influential theories of visuospatial differences in autism.

Type: Article
Title: Drawing Firmer Conclusions: Autistic Children Show No Evidence of a Local Processing Bias in a Controlled Copying Task
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2889-z
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-016-2889-z
Language: English
Additional information: The Author(s) 2016. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com
Keywords: Autism, Drawing, Global, Local, Coherence, Grouping
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1518553
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