Core Components of Flexibly Attending: Summary and Synthesis of Reflexive Orienting in Autism

Jed T. Elison, J. Steven Reznick

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Abstract

The Posner cueing task and the gap/overlap paradigm are widely used developmental tasks that can be administered across multiple levels of analysis (e.g., behavioral, cognitive, and neural levels) and across a wide range of developmental functioning. Considering the overarching theoretical frameworks of developmental psychopathology and developmental cognitive neuroscience, this chapter summarizes findings from performance by individuals with autism spectrum disorders on these specific tasks. In conclusion, this chapter advances a developmental hypothesis that implicates domaingeneral attentional orienting operations and the neural circuitry that underlies these operations as putative mechanisms contributing to the development of atypical joint attention in infants who go on to develop autism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCognitive Neuroscience, Development, and Psychopathology
Subtitle of host publicationTypical and Atypical Developmental Trajectories of Attention
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199979066
ISBN (Print)9780195315455
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 20 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attention
  • Autism
  • Development
  • Joint attention
  • Orienting
  • Posner cueing task

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