Abnormal social reward processing in autism as indexed by pupillary responses to happy faces

Leigh Sepeta, Naotsugu Tsuchiya, Mari S Davies, Marian Sigman, Susan Y Bookheimer, Mirella Dapretto

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Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) typically show impaired eye contact during social interactions. From a young age, they look less at faces than typically developing (TD) children and tend to avoid direct gaze. However, the reason for this behavior remains controversial; ASD children might avoid eye contact because they perceive the eyes as aversive or because they do not find social engagement through mutual gaze rewarding.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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