ERIC Number: EJ797497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
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Brief Report: Eye Direction Detection Improves with Development in Autism
Webster, Simon; Potter, Douglas D.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n6 p1184-1186 Jul 2008
Eye direction detection has been claimed to be intact in autism, but the development of this skill has not been investigated. Eleven children with autism and 11 typically developing children performed a demanding face-to-face eye direction detection task. Younger children with autism demonstrated a deficit in this skill, relative to younger control participants. Older children with autism were as accurate as older control participants on this task. In autism, eye direction detection is deficient in late childhood but is typically accurate by adolescence. The implications of this finding for models of social cognitive development in autism are considered.
Descriptors: Autism, Cognitive Development, Eye Movements, Children, Comparative Analysis, Age Differences, Social Cognition, Visual Perception, Skill Development
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