Patterns of visual attention to faces and objects in autism spectrum disorder.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McPartland, JC; Webb, SJ; Keehn, B; Dawson, G

Published Date

  • February 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 148 - 157

PubMed ID

  • 20499148

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3074360

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3432

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10803-010-1033-8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States