Color afterimages in autistic adults

Maule, John, Stanworth, Kirstie, Pellicano, Elizabeth and Franklin, Anna (2018) Color afterimages in autistic adults. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48 (4). pp. 1409-1421. ISSN 0162-3257

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It has been suggested that attenuated adaptation to visual stimuli in autism is the result of atypical perceptual priors (e.g., Pellicano and Burr in Trends Cogn Sci 16(10):504–510, 2012. doi:10.​1016/​j.​tics.​2012.​08.​009). This study investigated adaptation to color in autistic adults, measuring both strength of afterimage and the influence of top-down knowledge. We found no difference in color afterimage strength between autistic and typical adults. Effects of top-down knowledge on afterimage intensity shown by Lupyan (Acta Psychol 161:117–130, 2015. doi:10.​1016/​j.​actpsy.​2015.​08.​006) were not replicated for either group. This study finds intact color adaptation in autistic adults. This is in contrast to findings of attenuated adaptation to faces and numerosity in autistic children. Future research should investigate the possibility of developmental differences in adaptation and further examine top-down effects on adaptation.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 24 May 2016 14:13
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 15:19

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University of Sussex ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011G0656ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILES/J500173/1
CATEGORIES: The Origin & Impact of Colour Categories in Thought and Language (Anna Franklin)G0808EUROPEAN UNION283605