Social Attention is Measurably and Increasingly Atypical Across the First Six Months in the Broader Autism Phenotype*Corresponding Author: Rutherford MD, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1, USA, Tel: 905-525-9140, Email: [email protected]
Received Date: Jun 24, 2013 / Accepted Date: Aug 29, 2013 / Published Date: Sep 05, 2013
Citation: Rutherford MD (2013) Social Attention is Measurably and Increasingly Atypical Across the First Six Months in the Broader Autism Phenotype. J Psychol Psychother 3:125.DOI: 10.4172/2161-0487.1000125
Copyright: © 2013 Rutherford MD. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are different from those without ASD with respect to some aspects of social attention. This difference may have developmental implications, as attention to social information supports both social and cognitive development. This longitudinal study measures early social attention in infants, based on infants’ gaze direction in response to faces, eyes, and animate motion, and compares a group of infants who have a sibling with ASD to a control group. Infant siblings show social preferences significantly less strongly than the control group as early as six months of age. Furthermore, results reveal diverging developmental trajectories, as group differences increase over the first half of the first year of life.