Blinking may yield clues about autism

New findings in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences suggest that there are key differences between children with and without autism & autism spectrum disorders when they blink their eyes.  During the study, 2 year-olds with and without autism watched a video of children playing. In the children without autism, the rate of blinking decreased when watching the emotional parts then during physical movements. The pattern was reversed among autistic children. The blinking patterns of a person indexes how engaged one is and the level of importance they perceive what they’re watching to be. With such new findings, researchers are able to understand how children with autism look at, engage with, and learn from what they see. This provides more information about the cues distracting and engaging children with autism. To learn about how such new findings may help develop effective therapies, click the link below.

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