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Divided Attention Capacity in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Without Intellectual Disability

Authored by Bogte, H., Flamma B., Van Der Meere J., and vanEngeland H. in Autism, Volume 13, Issue 3, p. 229-243, (2009).

Article summary (posted Aug 3, 2010):



Medications may slow down response time and disturb the ability to pay attention in adults with autism.

People with autism often have a slow response time and this is believed to be due to slowness in brain function. This study explored whether adults with autism were able to pay attention to two things at the same time. The authors found that if the adults were not on drug therapy, they were able to pay attention to two things at the same time. Thus, the slowness in response time may be something that children with autism grow out of as they age. The adults with autism who were on medication were slow to respond to two things.


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