Amy Overman presents at international conference
Amy Overman, associate professor of psychology, presented collaborative research on the brain and cognition at the Psychonomic Society Annual Scientific Meeting. The presentation was titled, "Do 'autistic' traits predict audiovisual integration in speech perception?" It has recently been claimed that among non-autistic individuals who have autistic traits, there is a reduced influence of lexical information on perception of speech sounds. However, the influence of visual information on perception of speech sounds has not yet been investigated. The present study examined data from over 200 students at Elon & North Carolina A&T State University and found no evidence that autistic traits are related to reduced visual influences on speech perception. The study was co-authored with Joseph D.W. Stephens, Ph.D. & Julian Scrivens of North Carolina A&T State University.
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