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Eye Contact Triggers Threat Response in Autistic Children

posted 30 May 2012, 09:39 by Jan Szafranski   [ updated 30 May 2012, 09:39 ]
Children suffering from autism pay very little attention to faces, even those of people close to them. Indeed, this characteristic can become apparent as early as the age of one, and is often used as a developmental sign of the condition. The results of a new study provide additional insight into why autistic children avoid eye contact: they perceive faces as an uncomfortable threat, even if they are familiar.