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Guiding visual attention to enhance discrimination learning  

Numerous methods have been developed to teach visual discrimination to individuals with intellectual disabilities. For many individuals, these methods have proven very successful. For some individuals, however, directing attention to task-relevant features of stimuli has proven difficult or impossible using these methods. The challenges facing researchers are to identify the bases of these failures and to design teaching methods that are maximally effective for particular individuals and/or populations (e.g., Down syndrome, autism). This project addresses these challenges directly by providing an in-depth analysis of visual search skills in populations likely to differ dramatically in how they direct and focus attention on components of visual stimuli. Further, this basic research will be used to develop teaching procedures that match the abilities of the individual/population so that learning occurs quickly and with few errors. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $145,437.00
Project Number 5P01HD025995-19
Principal Investigator Carlin, Michael
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Interventions)
Strategic Plan Objective 4O. Not specific to Question 4 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of Massachusetts Medical School
State/Country Massachusetts
Web Link 1 Guiding visual attention to enhance discrimination learning (External web link)
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History/Related Projects Guiding visual attention to enhance discrimination learning | $146,861.00 | 2010 | 5P01HD025995-20
Guiding visual attention to enhance discrimination learning | $142,587.00 | 2008 | P01HD025995-18