Attention to people and toys during social and object mastery in children with Down syndrome

E. M. Ruskin, C. Kasari, Peter Clive Mundy, M. Sigman

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Attention to people versus objects by children with Down syndrome was examined. Subjects were presented with situations in which the primary focus alternated between an object stimulus (a toy) and a social stimulus (a singing experimenter). The children with Down syndrome monitored their environment in the same manner as did MA-matched typically developing children during object mastery and had a more focused attention style during social mastery. Reasons for this difference in attention across the two situations were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-111
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal on Mental Retardation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Education
  • Health Professions(all)

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