An app designed for Google Glass aims to help children with autism recognize emotions, and Sesame Street introduces its first muppet with autism
Following another person’s gaze is a task distinct from recognizing and reading faces.
Lower activity in a key face processing region of the brain hints that people with autism could benefit from training to become ‘face experts.’
Autism is not a developmental disorder, but rather the brain’s adaptive response to early genetic or environmental disturbances, says Mark Johnson.
By 7 months of age, babies can subconsciously discriminate between happy and fearful emotions by looking only at the eyes of another person, suggest results presented at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
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.
An adaptation of a test for facial recognition makes it easier to chart children’s ability to remember faces.
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.
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.