Individual differences in visual search

Relationship to autistic traits, discrimination thresholds, and speed of processing

Jon Brock, Jing Y. Xu, Kevin R. Brooks

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Enhanced visual search is widely reported in autism. Here we note a similar advantage for university students self-reporting higher levels of autism-like traits. Contrary to prevailing theories of autism, performance was not associated with perceptual-discrimination thresholds for the same stimuli, but was associated with inspection-time thresholdöa measure of speed of perceptual processing. Enhanced visual search in autism may, therefore, at least partially be explained by faster speed of processing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)739-742
Number of pages4
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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