Since its initial development, the embedded figures test (EFT) has been used extensively to measure local–global perceptual style. However, little is known about the perceptual factors that influence target detection. The current study aimed to investigate disembedding in children with and without ASD, aged 8–15 years, using the newly developed, stimulus-controlled L-EFT, M-EFT and D-EFT. Firstly, results revealed superior disembedding for children with ASD, irrespective of the type of target or embedding context, although the ASD group took more time in both the M-EFT and D-EFT. Secondly, the number of target lines continuing into the context proved more of a hindrance for the controls. Taken together, these findings provide strong evidence to support the notion of superior disembedding in ASD.

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Keywords Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) · EFT · L-EFT · Disembedding · Perceptual organization
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3508-y, hdl.handle.net/1765/105351
Journal Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Citation
van der Hallen, R.E.R, Chamberlain, R, de-Wit, L, & Wagemans, J. (2018). Superior Disembedding in Children with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi:10.1007/s10803-018-3508-y