Perceptual learning in autism

Over-specificity and possible remedies

Hila Harris, David Israeli, Nancy Minshew, Yoram Bonneh, David J. Heeger, Marlene Behrmann, Dov Sagi

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Inflexible behavior is a core characteristic of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but its underlying cause is unknown. Using a perceptual learning protocol, we observed initially efficient learning in ASD that was followed by anomalously poor learning when the location of the target was changed (over-specificity). Reducing stimulus repetition eliminated over-specificity. Our results indicate that inflexible behavior may be evident ubiquitously in ASD, even in sensory learning, but can be circumvented by specifically designed stimulation protocols.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1574-1576
Number of pages3
JournalNature Neuroscience
Volume18
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

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Harris, H., Israeli, D., Minshew, N., Bonneh, Y., Heeger, D. J., Behrmann, M., & Sagi, D. (2015). Perceptual learning in autism: Over-specificity and possible remedies. Nature Neuroscience, 18(11), 1574-1576. https://doi.org/10.1038/nn.4129

Perceptual learning in autism : Over-specificity and possible remedies. / Harris, Hila; Israeli, David; Minshew, Nancy; Bonneh, Yoram; Heeger, David J.; Behrmann, Marlene; Sagi, Dov.

In: Nature Neuroscience, Vol. 18, No. 11, 01.11.2015, p. 1574-1576.

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Harris, H, Israeli, D, Minshew, N, Bonneh, Y, Heeger, DJ, Behrmann, M & Sagi, D 2015, 'Perceptual learning in autism: Over-specificity and possible remedies', Nature Neuroscience, vol. 18, no. 11, pp. 1574-1576. https://doi.org/10.1038/nn.4129
Harris H, Israeli D, Minshew N, Bonneh Y, Heeger DJ, Behrmann M et al. Perceptual learning in autism: Over-specificity and possible remedies. Nature Neuroscience. 2015 Nov 1;18(11):1574-1576. https://doi.org/10.1038/nn.4129
Harris, Hila ; Israeli, David ; Minshew, Nancy ; Bonneh, Yoram ; Heeger, David J. ; Behrmann, Marlene ; Sagi, Dov. / Perceptual learning in autism : Over-specificity and possible remedies. In: Nature Neuroscience. 2015 ; Vol. 18, No. 11. pp. 1574-1576.
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