Visual Preference for Biological Motion in Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Eye-Tracking Study.

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Participants with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (n = 121, mean [SD] age: 14.6 [8.0] years) and typically developing (TD) controls (n = 40, 16.4 [13.3] years) were presented with a series of videos representing biological motion on one side of a computer monitor screen and non-biological motion on the other, while their eye movements were recorded. As predicted, participants with ASD spent less overall time looking at presented stimuli than TD participants (P < 10-3) and showed less preference for biological motion (P < 10-5). Participants with ASD also had greater average latencies than TD participants of the first fixation on both biological (P < 0.01) and non-biological motion (P < 0.02). Findings suggest that individuals with ASD differ from TD individuals on multiple properties of eye movements and biological motion preference.

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Cited Authors

  • Kaliukhovich, DA; Manyakov, NV; Bangerter, A; Ness, S; Skalkin, A; Boice, M; Goodwin, MS; Dawson, G; Hendren, R; Leventhal, B; Shic, F; Pandina, G

Published Date

  • July 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 51 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 2369 - 2380

PubMed ID

  • 32951157

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8189980

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3432

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10803-020-04707-w


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States