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Do Beliefs About Whether Others Can See Modulate Social Seeking in Autism?

Cañigueral, R; Hamilton, AFDC; (2019) Do Beliefs About Whether Others Can See Modulate Social Seeking in Autism? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders , 49 (1) pp. 335-348. 10.1007/s10803-018-3760-1. Green open access

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Abstract

Autistic people process gaze differently than typical people, but it is not yet clear if these differences lie in the processing of eye-shapes or the belief in whether others can see (perceptual mentalizing). We aimed to investigate whether these two models of gaze processing modulate social seeking in typical and autistic adults. We measured preferences of participants to view videos of an actress with visible or hidden eyes, who can or cannot see out. While typical participants preferred videos where the actress can see through and has visible eyes, autistic people showed no preference for these videos. These findings are discussed in the context of perceptual mentalizing and the social motivation theory of autism.

Type: Article
Title: Do Beliefs About Whether Others Can See Modulate Social Seeking in Autism?
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-018-3760-1
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3760-1
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2018. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Autism, Social motivation, Perceptual mentalizing, Eye gaze
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10060108
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