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ERIC Number: EJ1038350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Paternal Autistic Traits Are Predictive of Infants Visual Attention
Ronconi, Luca; Facoetti, Andrea; Bulf, Hermann; Franchin, Laura; Bettoni, Roberta; Valenza, Eloisa
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n7 p1556-1564 Jul 2014
Since subthreshold autistic social impairments aggregate in family members, and since attentional dysfunctions appear to be one of the earliest cognitive markers of children with autism, we investigated in the general population the relationship between infants' attentional functioning and the autistic traits measured in their parents. Orienting and alerting attention systems were measured in 8-month-old infants using a spatial cueing paradigm. Results showed that only paternal autistic traits were linked to their children's: (1) attentional disengagement; (2) rapid attentional orienting and (3) alerting. Our findings suggest that an early dysfunction of orienting and alerting systems might alter the developmental trajectory of future ability in social cognition and communication.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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