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    Toddlers with elevated Autism symptoms show slowed habituation to faces

    Webb, S.J. and Jones, Emily J.H. and Merkle, K. and Namkung, J. and Toth, K. and Greenson, J. and Murias, M. and Dawson, G. (2010) Toddlers with elevated Autism symptoms show slowed habituation to faces. Child Neuropsychology 16 (3), pp. 255-278. ISSN 0929-7049.

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    We explored social information processing and its relation to social and communicative symptoms in toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their siblings. Toddlers with more severe symptoms of autism showed slower habituation to faces than comparison groups; slower face learning correlated with poorer social skills and lower verbal ability. Unaffected toddlers who were siblings of children with ASD also showed slower habituation to faces compared with toddlers without siblings with ASD. We conclude that slower rates of face learning may be an endophenotype of ASD and is associated with more severe symptoms among affected individuals.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Habituation, Autism/ASD, Face processing, Toddlers, Broader phenotype
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2016 14:29
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:30


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