Infant viewing of social scenes is under genetic control and atypical in autism

  title={Infant viewing of social scenes is under genetic control and atypical in autism},
  author={John N Constantino and Stefanie Kennon-McGill and Claire T Weichselbaum and Natasha Marrus and Alyzeh Haider and Anne Glowinski and Scott E. Gillespie and Cheryl Klaiman and Ami J Klin and Warren Jones},
Long before infants reach, crawl or walk, they explore the world by looking: they look to learn and to engage, giving preferential attention to social stimuli, including faces, face-like stimuli and biological motion. This capacity—social visual engagement—shapes typical infant development from birth and is pathognomonically impaired in children affected by autism. Here we show that variation in viewing of social scenes, including levels of preferential attention and the timing, direction and… CONTINUE READING

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