Shorter average look durations to dynamic social stimuli are associated with higher levels of autism symptoms in young autistic children.

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Many studies of autism look at the differences in how autistic research participants look at certain types of images. These studies often focus on where research participants are looking within the image, but that does not tell us everything about how much they are paying attention. It could be useful to know more about how well autistic research participants can focus on an image with people in it, because those who can look at images of people for longer duration without stopping may be able to easily learn other skills that help them to interact with people. We measured how long autistic research participants watched the video without breaking their attention. The video sometimes had a person speaking, and at other times had toys moving and making sounds. We measured the typical amount of time autistic research participants could look at the video before they looked away. We found that research participants with more severe autism tended to look at the video for shorter amounts of time. The ability to focus without stopping may be related to social skills in autistic people.

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Cited Authors

  • Major, S; Isaev, D; Grapel, J; Calnan, T; Tenenbaum, E; Carpenter, K; Franz, L; Howard, J; Vermeer, S; Sapiro, G; Murias, M; Dawson, G

Published Date

  • August 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1451 - 1459

PubMed ID

  • 34903084

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC9192829

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1461-7005

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/13623613211056427


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England