publication . Other literature type . Article . 2014

Visuo-Spatial Performance in Autism: A Meta-analysis

Anne Muth; Johannes Hönekopp; Christine M. Falter;
  • Published: 15 Jul 2014
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Visuo-spatial skills are believed to be enhanced in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). This meta-analysis tests the current state of evidence for Figure Disembedding, Block Design, Mental Rotation and Navon tasks in ASD and neurotypicals. Block Design (d = 0.32) and Figure Disembedding (d = 0.26) showed superior performance for ASD with large heterogeneity that is unaccounted for. No clear differences were found for Mental Rotation. ASD samples showed a stronger local processing preference for Navon tasks (d = 0.35); less clear evidence for performance differences of a similar magnitude emerged. We discuss the meta-analysis results together with other findings re...
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free text keywords: C800, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Cognition, Developmental psychology, Mental rotation, Spatial ability, Perception, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Psychology, Cognitive psychology, Meta-analysis, Autism, medicine.disease, medicine, Visual perception
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Bo¨lte, S., Holtmann, M., Poustka, F., Scheurich, A., & Schmidt, L. (2007). Gestalt perception and local-global processing in highfunctioning autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37(8), 1493-1504. doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0231-x.

Bo¨lte, S., Hubl, D., Dierks, T., Holtmann, M., & Poustka, F. (2008). An fMRI-study of locally oriented perception in autism: Altered early visual processing of the block design test. Journal of Neural Transmission (Vienna, Austria: 1996), 115(3), 545-552.

Borenstein, M., Hedges, L., Higgins, J., & Rothstein, H. (2005). Comprehensive meta analysis (Version 2.2) [software]. Englewood, NJ: Biostat.

Brian, J., & Bryson, S. (1996). Disembedding performance and recognition memory in autism/PDD. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 37(7), 865-872. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.1996.tb01482.x.

Brosnan, M. J., Gwilliam, L. R., & Walker, I. (2012). Brief report: The relationship between visual acuity, the embedded figures test and systemizing in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(11), 2491-2497. [OpenAIRE]

Burnette, C., Mundy, P., Meyer, J., Sutton, S., Vaughan, A., & Charak, D. (2005). Weak central coherence and its relations to theory of mind and anxiety in autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 35(1), 63-73. doi:10.1007/s10803- 004-1035-5. [OpenAIRE]

Caron, M., Mottron, L., Berthiaume, C., & Dawson, M. (2006). Cognitive mechanisms, specificity and neural underpinnings of visuospatial peaks in autism. Brain, 129, 1789-1802. doi:10. 1093/brain/awl072.

92 references, page 1 of 7
Abstract
Visuo-spatial skills are believed to be enhanced in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). This meta-analysis tests the current state of evidence for Figure Disembedding, Block Design, Mental Rotation and Navon tasks in ASD and neurotypicals. Block Design (d = 0.32) and Figure Disembedding (d = 0.26) showed superior performance for ASD with large heterogeneity that is unaccounted for. No clear differences were found for Mental Rotation. ASD samples showed a stronger local processing preference for Navon tasks (d = 0.35); less clear evidence for performance differences of a similar magnitude emerged. We discuss the meta-analysis results together with other findings re...
Subjects
free text keywords: C800, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Cognition, Developmental psychology, Mental rotation, Spatial ability, Perception, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Psychology, Cognitive psychology, Meta-analysis, Autism, medicine.disease, medicine, Visual perception
Related Organizations
92 references, page 1 of 7

American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed.). Text Revision. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association. [OpenAIRE]

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association. [OpenAIRE]

Barbeau, E. B., Soulieres, I., Dawson, M., Zeffiro, T. A., & Mottron, L. (2013). The level and nature of autistic intelligence III: Inspection time. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122(1), 295-301. doi:10.1037/a0029984.

Baron-Cohen, S. (1999). The extreme male-brain theory of autism. In H. Tager-Flusberg & H. Tager-Flusberg (Eds.), Neurodevelopmental disorders (pp. 401-429). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Beacher, F. C., Radulescu, E., Minati, L., Baron-Cohen, S., Lombardo, M. V., Lai, M., & Critchley, H. D. (2012). Sex differences and autism: Brain function during verbal fluency and mental rotation. Plos ONE, 7(6). doi:10.1371/journal.pone. 0038355.

Behrmann, M., Avidan, G., Leonard, G., Kimchi, R., Luna, B., Humphreys, K., et al. (2006). Configural processing in autism and its relationship to face processing. Neuropsychologia, 44(1), 110-129. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2005.04.002.

Bernardino, I., Mouga, S., Almeida, J., van Asselen, M., Oliveira, G., & Castelo-Branco, M. (2012). A direct comparison of localglobal integration in autism and other developmental disorders: Implications for the central coherence hypothesis. PLoS ONE, 7(6), e39351. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039351.

Bo¨lte, S., Duketis, E., Poustka, F., & Holtmann, M. (2011). Sex differences in cognitive domains and their clinical correlates in higher-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Autism, 15(4), 497-511. doi:10.1177/1362361310391116.

Bo¨lte, S., Holtmann, M., Poustka, F., Scheurich, A., & Schmidt, L. (2007). Gestalt perception and local-global processing in highfunctioning autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37(8), 1493-1504. doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0231-x.

Bo¨lte, S., Hubl, D., Dierks, T., Holtmann, M., & Poustka, F. (2008). An fMRI-study of locally oriented perception in autism: Altered early visual processing of the block design test. Journal of Neural Transmission (Vienna, Austria: 1996), 115(3), 545-552.

Borenstein, M., Hedges, L., Higgins, J., & Rothstein, H. (2005). Comprehensive meta analysis (Version 2.2) [software]. Englewood, NJ: Biostat.

Brian, J., & Bryson, S. (1996). Disembedding performance and recognition memory in autism/PDD. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 37(7), 865-872. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.1996.tb01482.x.

Brosnan, M. J., Gwilliam, L. R., & Walker, I. (2012). Brief report: The relationship between visual acuity, the embedded figures test and systemizing in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(11), 2491-2497. [OpenAIRE]

Burnette, C., Mundy, P., Meyer, J., Sutton, S., Vaughan, A., & Charak, D. (2005). Weak central coherence and its relations to theory of mind and anxiety in autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 35(1), 63-73. doi:10.1007/s10803- 004-1035-5. [OpenAIRE]

Caron, M., Mottron, L., Berthiaume, C., & Dawson, M. (2006). Cognitive mechanisms, specificity and neural underpinnings of visuospatial peaks in autism. Brain, 129, 1789-1802. doi:10. 1093/brain/awl072.

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publication . Other literature type . Article . 2014

Visuo-Spatial Performance in Autism: A Meta-analysis

Anne Muth; Johannes Hönekopp; Christine M. Falter;