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    Eye contact does not facilitate detection in children with autism

    Senju, Atsushi and Yaguchi, K. and Tojo, Y. and Hasegawa, T. (2003) Eye contact does not facilitate detection in children with autism. Cognition 89 (1), B43-B51. ISSN 0010-0277.

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    Eye contact is crucial in achieving social communication. Deviant patterns of eye contact behavior are found in individuals with autism, who suffer from severe social and communicative deficits. This study used a visual oddball paradigm to investigate whether children with high functioning autism have difficulty in detecting mutual gaze under experimental conditions. The results revealed that children with autism were no better at detecting direct gaze than at detecting averted gaze, which is unlike normal children. This suggests that whereas typically developing children have the ability to detect direct gaze, children with autism do not. This might result in altered eye-contact behavior, which hampers subsequent development of social and communicative skills.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2020 11:16
    Last Modified: 11 Feb 2020 11:16


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