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Is eye contact the key to the social brain?

Senju, Atsushi and Johnson, Mark H. (2010) Is eye contact the key to the social brain? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 33 (6), pp. 458-459. ISSN 0140-525X.

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Eye contact plays a critical role in many aspects of face processing, including the processing of smiles. We propose that this is achieved by a subcortical route, which is activated by eye contact and modulates the cortical areas involve in social cognition, including the processing of facial expression. This mechanism could be impaired in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

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School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
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Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2011 13:50
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