Speaker: Dr. Angelina Vernetti (Yale)
The study of social attention in autism has for a long time relied on simple stimuli somewhat lacking many of the potentially important characteristics of a real social interaction.
There are important similarities and differences in social attention in autism across different social stimuli ranging from a schematic face to a face-to-face interaction.
However, in some cases the use of more contrived stimuli can lead to difficulties in detecting difficulties encountered by individuals with autism.
Thus, the power to observe and measure differences might be strongest when the social stimuli closely match those that make up our social environment.
The talk will highlight the need to further investigate social attention in autism within more ecologically valid social contexts and will present ongoing studies examining social attention in infants and toddlers at elevated likelihood of autism using dynamic, interactive and/or live social contexts.
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