Search ETDs:
Putting the pieces together: The connection between detail orientation, verbal ability, and object categorization in autism
Amaral, Joseph L., Jr.

2011, MA, University of Cincinnati, Arts and Sciences: Psychology.
Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by disrupted language development, social deficits, and atypical patterns of interacting with objects. Evidence suggests that this stems from a tendency for children with autism to not focus on relationships between details in their environments (e.g., Happé & Booth, 2008). Typically developing (TD) children, on the other hand, tend to focus on overall impressions, a bias that appears to follow a prescribed developmental course. For example, while early on TD children tend to focus on fine grain detail to categorize objects, later on they focus on an objects’ overall shape (Pereira & Smith, 2009; Smith, 2003). The current study investigates whether the same developmental progression holds for children with autism. In particular, the study explores how the vocabulary size of children with autism relates to their ability to categorize objects on the basis of their overall shape (vs. fine-grain detail) and how this relation compares to typically developing children. This is a first step towards mapping out the relation between autism and the development of an adaptive tendency to detect higher-order Gestalts.
Adelheid Kloos, PhD (Committee Chair)
Sarah Whitton, PhD (Committee Member)
Laura Nabors, PhD (Committee Member)
Guy Van Orden, PhD (Committee Member)
51 p.

Recommended Citations

Hide/Show APA Citation

Amaral, J. (2011). Putting the pieces together: The connection between detail orientation, verbal ability, and object categorization in autism. (Electronic Thesis or Dissertation). Retrieved from https://etd.ohiolink.edu/

Hide/Show MLA Citation

Amaral, Joseph. "Putting the pieces together: The connection between detail orientation, verbal ability, and object categorization in autism." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. University of Cincinnati, 2011. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 27 Mar 2015.

Hide/Show Chicago Citation

Amaral, Joseph "Putting the pieces together: The connection between detail orientation, verbal ability, and object categorization in autism." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. University of Cincinnati, 2011. https://etd.ohiolink.edu/

Files

ucin1321370900.pdf (882.67 KB) View|Download