Tag: face processing

September 2014

Attention to detail may aid visual learning in autism

by  /  23 September 2014

Adults with high-functioning autism excel at learning visual patterns, according to research published 25 August in Neuropsychology. The findings contrast with a report earlier this year that children with the disorder struggle with visual learning.

August 2014
News / Toolbox

Test measures children’s ability to distinguish between faces

by  /  20 August 2014

An adaptation of a test for facial recognition makes it easier to chart children’s ability to remember faces.

June 2014

Clinical research: Extra X impairs awareness of others’ minds

by  /  13 June 2014

Girls and boys born with an extra X chromosome both tend to have difficulties understanding the minds of others, but for different reasons than children with autism do, according to a study published 22 March in Genes, Brain and Behavior.


Visual patterns provoke distinct responses in autism brains

by  /  12 June 2014

Some children with autism have trouble learning visual patterns, and others employ a distinctive brain process to do so, suggests a study published 13 May in Developmental Science.

May 2014
Opinion / Viewpoint

Zeroing in on illusions in eye-gaze research

by ,  /  13 May 2014

The common belief that people with autism look at people’s mouths instead of their eyes is inaccurate and has little evidence, say Nouchine Hadjikhani and Quentin Guillon.

March 2014

Cognition and behavior: Oxytocin helps recognize faces

by  /  14 March 2014

Genetic variants in a receptor for the hormone oxytocin may contribute to the range of social skills seen in individuals with and without autism, suggests a study published 4 February in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

January 2014
News / Toolbox

Eye-tracker charts gaze of children with autism

by  /  29 January 2014

A lightweight eye-tracking system allows researchers to record the shifts in gaze that naturally occur during playtime, reports a study published 20 November in Frontiers in Psychology.

December 2013

Autism brains are overly connected, studies find

by  /  23 December 2013

Three studies published over the past two months have found significant evidence that children and adolescents with autism have brains that are overly connected compared with the brains of controls. The findings complicate the theory that autism is fundamentally characterized by weakly connected brain regions.

November 2013

In autism, small group of neurons attuned unusually to faces

by  /  25 November 2013

A subset of neurons in the amygdala is dedicated to recognizing eyes. But in people with autism, they may respond instead to the mouth, according to a report published 20 November in Neuron.


Men and women process faces in different parts of the brain

by  /  14 November 2013

Conventional wisdom about how men and women process images of faces may be wrong, with significant implications for autism research, suggests an analysis of unpublished brain imaging data presented at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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