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ERIC Number: EJ1037824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Orienting in Response to Gaze and the Social Use of Gaze among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Rombough, Adrienne; Iarocci, Grace
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v43 n7 p1584-1596 Jul 2013
Potential relations between gaze cueing, social use of gaze, and ability to follow line of sight were examined in children with autism and typically developing peers. Children with autism (mean age = 10 years) demonstrated intact gaze cueing. However, they preferred to follow arrows instead of eyes to infer mental state, and showed decreased accuracy in following line of sight when several visual distracters were present. Performance across tasks was not correlated for either group. Findings suggest that children with autism are less inclined to prioritize and select eyes, particularly in visually-rich environments. Gaze-following deficits may lie at the level of selective attention, rather than cueing--a possibility that can be explored with more complex and ecologically valid tasks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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