Tag: face processing

November 2013

Brain findings in autism leave researchers scratching heads

by  /  13 November 2013

Three decades of research on anatomical changes in the brains of individuals with autism has yielded few if any consistent patterns. The field needs an overhaul of the methods used, researchers said at a symposium Wednesday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.  


Cognition and behavior: Complex response to faces in autism

by  /  8 November 2013

Two studies published in the past few months suggest that face-processing deficits in people with autism are complex and may depend on the task.


Classic sign of autism appears in early infancy, study says

by  /  6 November 2013

Baby boys later diagnosed with autism lose interest in other people’s eyes between 2 and 6 months of age, according to a study published today in Nature. This is the earliest behavioral marker of autism found to date.

October 2013

Cognition and behavior: Speech alters gaze in autism group

by  /  25 October 2013

Infants later diagnosed with autism tend to look at the hair and body of someone speaking to them instead of at the eyes and mouth, which convey social cues, reports a study published 13 August in Biological Psychiatry.


Cognition and behavior: Children with autism avoid eyes

by  /  11 October 2013

When trying to recognize a face, children with autism look at the same general features as controls do, but tend to focus on the right eye rather than the left, according to a study published 8 August in the Journal of Vision.


Superior math skills may accompany autism, study suggests

by  /  3 October 2013

Some children with autism show unique patterns of brain activation while solving math problems, particularly in a brain region normally used for face processing, suggests a study published 15 August in Biological Psychiatry.

July 2013
News / Toolbox

New test looks at emotion recognition without words

by  /  31 July 2013

A clever new test assesses whether someone with autism can recognize emotions from facial expressions without needing to name them. The test was described in the 26 June issue of Frontiers in Psychology.

June 2013
Opinion / Viewpoint

Amygdala and autism’s checkered history

by  /  4 June 2013

To understand the amygdala’s role in autism, researchers should study its connections with other brain structures and explore its role in development, says Ralph Adolphs.

May 2013

Cognition and behavior: People with autism don’t avoid faces

by  /  31 May 2013

When choosing whether to look at a face or an object, children with autism generally pick the same thing controls do, according to a study published 10 April in Frontiers in Psychiatry. The finding contradicts the widely held belief that people with autism tend not to look at faces.  

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Cognition and behavior: Autism brains normalize over time

by  /  17 May 2013

Differences in brain activity that distinguish children with autism from controls may lessen with age, according to a meta-analysis published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.