Autism tendencies and psychosis proneness interactively modulate saliency cost

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Atypical responses to salient information are a candidate endophenotype for both autism and psychosis spectrum disorders. The present study investigated the costs and benefits of such atypicalities for saliency-based selection in a large cohort of neurotypical adults in whom both autism and psychosis expressions were assessed. Two experiments found that autism tendencies and psychosis proneness interactively modulate the cost incurred in the presence of a task-irrelevant salient distractor. Specifically, expressions of autism and psychosis had opposing effects on responses to salient information such that the benefits associated with high expressions for autism offset costs associated with high expressions for psychosis. The opposing influences observed on saliency cost may be driven by distinct attentional mechanisms that are differentially affected by expressions for autism and psychosis.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-151
Number of pages10
JournalSchizophrenia bulletin
Issue number1
Early online date23 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Inter-individual Differences, salience, Schizotypy, Autism, Selective attention, Cognitive control