Autism and schizophrenia share a long and tangled history. Comparing the social features of the two conditions could lead to better treatments and a deeper understanding of each.
The tendency of people with autism to not make eye contact is rooted in genetics, suggests a study of identical and fraternal twins.
Assessing social ability in adults with autism requires controlled tests involving real-time social interactions. Virtual reality makes this possible.
The reasons some people with autism don’t make eye contact may differ between childhood and adulthood.
Watch the complete replay of Geoff Bird’s webinar on the similarities and differences between autism and alexithymia.
People with autism show atypical patterns of gaze even when they are explicitly asked to look at another person’s eyes.