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    Autistic traits mediate reductions in social attention in adults with anorexia nervosa

    Kerr-Gaffney, J. and Mason, Luke and Jones, Emily J.H. and Hayward, H. and Harrison, A. and Murphy, D. and Tchanturia, K. (2020) Autistic traits mediate reductions in social attention in adults with anorexia nervosa. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders , ISSN 0162-3257. (In Press)

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    Anorexia nervosa (AN) is associated with difficulties in social and emotional functioning. A significant proportion of individuals with AN show autistic traits, which may influence social attention. This study examined attention to faces and facial features in AN, recovered AN (REC), and healthy controls, as well as relationships with comorbid psychopathology. One hundred and forty-eight participants’ eye movements were tracked while watching a naturalistic social scene. Anxiety, depression, alexithymia, and autistic traits were assessed via self-report questionnaires. Participants with AN spent significantly less time looking at faces compared to REC and controls; patterns of attention to individual facial features did not differ across groups. Autistic traits mediated the relationship between group and time spent looking at faces.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): anorexia nervosa, social attention, eye-tracking, autism spectrum disorder, comorbidity
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Emily Jones
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2020 09:19
    Last Modified: 18 Jun 2021 13:59


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