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J Autism Dev Disord. 2013 Apr;43(4):917-23. doi: 10.1007/s10803-012-1636-3.

Inhibition of return in response to eye gaze and peripheral cues in young people with Asperger's syndrome.

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Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Via dei Marsi, 78, 00185, Rome, Italy.


Inhibition of return (IOR) reflects slower reaction times to stimuli presented in previously attended locations. In this study, we examined this inhibitory after-effect using two different cue types, eye-gaze and standard peripheral cues, in individuals with Asperger's syndrome and typically developing individuals. Typically developing participants showed evidence of IOR for both eye-gaze and peripheral cues. In contrast, the Asperger group showed evidence of IOR to previously peripherally cued locations but failed to show IOR for eye-gaze cues. This absence of IOR for eye-gaze cues observed in the participants with Asperger may reflect an attentional impairment in responding to socially relevant information.

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