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    Atypical eye contact in autism: Models, mechanisms and development

    Senju, Atsushi and Johnson, Mark H. (2009) Atypical eye contact in autism: Models, mechanisms and development. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 33 (8), pp. 1204-1214. ISSN 0149-7634.

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    An atypical pattern of eye contact behaviour is one of the most significant symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Recent empirical advances have revealed the developmental, cognitive and neural basis of atypical eye contact behaviour in ASD. We review different models and advance a new ‘fast-track modulator model’. Specifically, we propose that atypical eye contact processing in ASD originates in the lack of influence from a subcortical face and eye contact detection route, which is hypothesized to modulate eye contact processing and guide its emergent specialization during development.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: “NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 33(8), September 2009, DOI:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2009.06.001”
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Autism spectrum disorders, Social cognition, Social brain, Gaze, Eye contact, Development, Amygdala
    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: 26 Mar 2012 11:52
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:57


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