Development of Experimental Protocol for Visual Cognitive Function Evaluation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders



The article aims to present experimental protocol for investigation of visual cognitive function in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Description of experimental design is introduced by theoretical review of visual attention, perception and visual-motor control development in children with idiopathic autism and those with Fragile X mental retardation syndrome. Research method presented in the article is based on recent studies of visual cognitive function development under normal and pathological condition. The protocol includes three experimental paradigms: “antisaccade test”, “big/ figures”, and “photos test” performed by making use of eye tracking recording. This work was supported by grant RFBR 14-06-31284

General Information

Keywords: Autism spectrum disorders, Fragile X mental retardation syndrome, eye tracking, antisaccade test, object recognition, inhibition

Journal rubric: Clinical and Special Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Pereverzeva D.S., Gorbachevskaya N.L., Blagovechtchenski E.D. Development of Experimental Protocol for Visual Cognitive Function Evaluation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2016. Vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 34–46. DOI: 10.17759/pse.2016210305. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Darya S. Pereverzeva, PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher of the Federal Resource Center for Organization of Comprehensive Support to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Natalia L. Gorbachevskaya, Doctor of Biology, Professor, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Leading Researcher, Laboratory of Neurophysiology, Mental Health Research Centre, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Evgenii D. Blagovechtchenski, PhD in Biology, Senior researcher, Centre for Cognition & Decision Making, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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