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
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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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.