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Puzzle of Reduced Attention to Eyes in Autism Solved?

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Recent article from Medscape: Puzzle of Reduced Attention to Eyes in Autism Solved?

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Puzzle of Reduced Attention to Eyes in Autism Solved?

By Liam Davenport | January 17, 2017

The reduced attention to other people's eyes in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is due to passive insensitivity to social signals in others' eyes, rather than gaze aversion, conclude US investigators in findings that could ultimately point to novel therapies for the condition.

In two experiments, researchers showed that children with ASD did not look away faster than typically developing children from direct gaze but reacted less to implicit social cues for eye-looking.

"These results contradict the hypothesis that children with ASD actively avoid looking at the eyes in early life. Instead, the results are consistent with gaze indifference and indicate passive insensitivity to social signals in others' eyes coupled with intact sensitivity to nonsocial, physical cues," the investigators, led by Warren Jones, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, write.

The study was published in the January issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

To read the rest of this article on Medscape visit http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/874546

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