Can performance in Navon Letters among people with autism be affected by saliency? Reexamination of the literature

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  • Tel Aviv University


Findings from Navon letters paradigm studies among individuals with autism spectrum disorder are inconsistent. The different results are often being interpreted in terms of “local bias” and/or “global weakness,” according to the predictions of leading theories such as the “weak central coherence” or the “enhanced perceptual functioning.” We suggest that some of the inconsistencies may be a result of differences between these studies in the stimuli’s physical characteristics and/or the task’s attentional demands which are known to affect the relative saliency of the global and local levels. In this paper, we systematically discuss the parameters that may affect global and local perception in autism and suggest future experimental designs and potential clinical implications of the paradigm.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalReview Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number1
Early online date19 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • autism spectrum, Navon letters, global perception, local perception