Visual Detection and Decoding Skills of Aerial Photography by Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Hadas Marciano, Eynat Gal, Ruth Kimchi, Darren Hedley, Yael Goldfarb, Yoram S. Bonneh

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Despite challenges in social communication skills people with ASD often display strengths in visual processing. Aerial photography analysis is an occupation reliant on strong visual processing skills that matches this unique profile. We investigated basic-vision and “real-life” visual tasks in 20 cognitively-able young adults with ASD and 20 typically-developed (TD) “gamers”. Basic-vision tests included Visual-Search, Embedded-Figures, and Vigilance; “real-life” tests included aerial-photograph detection and identification. Groups performed equally well, and did not differ significantly on any tasks. The study demonstrates strong visual skills in people with ASD in basic and “real-life” settings, and supports the idea that they may be well suited for employment in occupations that demand high visual perception skills such as aerial photography analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1346-1360
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: this work was supported by IMOD (Israel Ministry of Defense)/DDR&D (Directorate of Defense Research & Development)

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.


  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cognition (attention, learning, memory)
  • Visual decoding
  • Visual perception
  • Visual search
  • Vocational/labor force participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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