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Stimulus overselectivity in visual discrimination: Analysis and remediation (supplement)  

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 $265,928.00
Current Award Period 2010-2012
Project Number 3P01HD025995-20S1A2
Principal Investigator McIlvane, William
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Treatments)
Subcategory Behavioral
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 Stimulus overselectivity in visual discrimination: Analysis and remediation (supplement) (External web link)
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Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects N/A