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Brief report: does eye contact induce contagious yawning in children with autism spectrum disorder?

Senju, Atsushi and Kikuchi, Y. and Akechi, H. and Hasegawa, T. and Tojo, Y. and Osanai, H. (2009) Brief report: does eye contact induce contagious yawning in children with autism spectrum disorder? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 39 (11), pp. 1598-1602. ISSN 0162-3257.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-009-0785-5

Abstract

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) reportedly fail to show contagious yawning, but the mechanism underlying the lack of contagious yawning is still unclear. The current study examined whether instructed fixation on the eyes modulates contagious yawning in ASD. Thirty-one children with ASD, as well as 31 age-matched typically developing (TD) children, observed video clips of either yawning or control mouth movements. Participants were instructed to fixate to the eyes of the face stimuli. Following instructed fixation on the eyes, both TD children and children with ASD yawned equally frequently in response to yawning stimuli. Current results suggest that contagious yawning could occur in ASD under an experimental condition in which they are instructed to fixate on the yawning eyes.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2010 15:50
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:19
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2560

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