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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Cognitive Neuroscience, Development, and Psychopathology|
|Subtitle of host publication||Typical and Atypical Developmental Trajectories of Attention|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|State||Published - Sep 20 2012|
- Joint attention
- Posner cueing task