Studies of social-brain function are moving out of scanners and into realistic settings.
Autism researchers reflect on the unusual episodes that spawned significant scientific projects.
Toddlers with autism are oblivious to the social information in the eyes, but don’t actively avoid meeting another person’s gaze.
People with autism show atypical patterns of gaze even when they are explicitly asked to look at another person’s eyes.
Children with autism may be so consumed by their interests that they don’t pay attention to social information.
Studying the visual system could help scientists understand how autism alters neural functioning in the brain.
Identical twins, who have virtually the same genetic material, show highly similar patterns of eye movements when looking at faces, suggesting that social gaze is hardwired.
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