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ERIC Number: EJ912259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Patterns of Visual Attention to Faces and Objects in Autism Spectrum Disorder
McPartland, James C.; Webb, Sara Jane; Keehn, Brandon; Dawson, Geraldine
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v41 n2 p148-157 Feb 2011
This study used eye-tracking to examine visual attention to faces and objects in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and typical peers. Point of gaze was recorded during passive viewing of images of human faces, inverted human faces, monkey faces, three-dimensional curvilinear objects, and two-dimensional geometric patterns. Individuals with ASD obtained lower scores on measures of face recognition and social-emotional functioning but exhibited similar patterns of visual attention. In individuals with ASD, face recognition performance was associated with social adaptive function. Results highlight heterogeneity in manifestation of social deficits in ASD and suggest that naturalistic assessments are important for quantifying atypicalities in visual attention.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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