Distance from Typical Scan Path When Viewing Complex Stimuli in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and its Association with Behavior.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Eye-tracking is often used to study attention in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Previous research has identified multiple atypical patterns of attention in children with ASD based on areas-of-interest analysis. Fewer studies have investigated gaze path, a measure which is dependent on the dynamic content of the stimulus presented. Here, rather than looking at proportions of looking time to areas of interest, we calculated mean fixations frame-by-frame in a group of typically developing children (36 to 72 months) and determined the distance from those typical fixations for 155 children with ASD (27-95 months). Findings revealed that distance from the typical scan path among the children with ASD was associated with lower communication abilities and greater ASD symptomatology.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tenenbaum, EJ; Major, S; Carpenter, KLH; Howard, J; Murias, M; Dawson, G

Published Date

  • October 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 51 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 3492 - 3505

PubMed ID

  • 33387244

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC9903808

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3432

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10803-020-04812-w


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States