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Left visual field biases when infants process faces: a comparison of infants at high- and low-risk for autism spectrum disorder.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22527700     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
While it is well-known that individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulties processing faces, very little is known about the origins of these deficits. The current study focused on 6- and 11-month-old infants who were at either high-risk (n = 43) or low-risk (n = 31) for developing ASD based on having a sibling already diagnosed with the disorder. Eye-tracking data were collected while the infants viewed color photographs of faces. Similar to previous studies with both typically developing adults and infants, low-risk infants demonstrated a preference for looking at the left side of the face (known as a left visual field bias) that emerged by 11 months of age. In contrast, high-risk infants did not demonstrate a left visual field bias at either age. Comparisons of the amount of attention given to the eye versus mouth regions indicated no differences between the two risk groups.
Eva Dundas; Holly Gastgeb; Mark S Strauss
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of autism and developmental disorders     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1573-3432     ISO Abbreviation:  J Autism Dev Disord     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-06     Completed Date:  2013-04-24     Revised Date:  2014-09-09    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7904301     Medline TA:  J Autism Dev Disord     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2659-68     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Attention / physiology*
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive / physiopathology*
Eye Movements / physiology
Functional Laterality / physiology*
Photic Stimulation
Reaction Time / physiology
Risk Factors
Visual Fields / physiology*
Visual Perception / physiology*
Grant Support
AS2174//Autism Speaks; P50 HD055748/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; P50 HD055748-01/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; P50 HD055748-02/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; P50 HD055748-03/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; P50 HD055748-03S1/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; P50 HD055748-04/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; P50 HD055748-05/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; T32 GM081760/GM/NIGMS NIH HHS

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