Statistical learning refers to the ability to extract the statistical relations embedded in a sequence, and it plays a crucial role in the development of communicative and social skills that are impacted in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Here, we investigated the relationship between infants’ SL ability and autistic traits in their parents. Using a visual habituation task, we tested infant offspring of adults (non-diagnosed) who show high (HAT infants) versus low (LAT infants) autistic traits. Results demonstrated that LAT infants learned the statistical structure embedded in a visual sequence, while HAT infants failed. Moreover, infants’ SL ability was related to autistic traits in their parents, further suggesting that early dysfunctions in SL might contribute to variabilities in ASD symptoms.

Bettoni, R., Riva, V., Cantiani, C., Riboldi, E., Molteni, M., Macchi Cassia, V., et al. (2021). Dysfunctions in Infants’ Statistical Learning are Related to Parental Autistic Traits. JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS, 51(12), 4621-4631 [10.1007/s10803-021-04894-0].

Dysfunctions in Infants’ Statistical Learning are Related to Parental Autistic Traits

Roberta, Bettoni
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Cantiani, Chiara;Macchi Cassia, Viola;Bulf, Hermann
2021

Abstract

Statistical learning refers to the ability to extract the statistical relations embedded in a sequence, and it plays a crucial role in the development of communicative and social skills that are impacted in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Here, we investigated the relationship between infants’ SL ability and autistic traits in their parents. Using a visual habituation task, we tested infant offspring of adults (non-diagnosed) who show high (HAT infants) versus low (LAT infants) autistic traits. Results demonstrated that LAT infants learned the statistical structure embedded in a visual sequence, while HAT infants failed. Moreover, infants’ SL ability was related to autistic traits in their parents, further suggesting that early dysfunctions in SL might contribute to variabilities in ASD symptoms.
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Autistic traits; Early marker; Infants; Visual statistical learning;
English
13-feb-2021
2021
51
12
4621
4631
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Bettoni, R., Riva, V., Cantiani, C., Riboldi, E., Molteni, M., Macchi Cassia, V., et al. (2021). Dysfunctions in Infants’ Statistical Learning are Related to Parental Autistic Traits. JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS, 51(12), 4621-4631 [10.1007/s10803-021-04894-0].
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